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photo: travys owen

Milisuthando Bongela - Writer and Director

Milisuthando Bongela is an award winning writer, blogger and editor whose work pivots around the subject of the post-apartheid condition from the perspective of black middle class South Africans and women.  She has written extensively about the intersections of race, class and gender in South Africa for newspapers like the Mail and Guardian and City Press as well as having worked across the arts in the fields of fashion, music, art, publishing and cultural activism.  She is currently exploring the post-apartheid condition in South African society, focusing on the psychological effects of racism on Model C educated black South Africans through her first film, a feature documentary currently titled Milisuthando.

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Marion Isaacs - Producer

Marion Isaacs is a curator and producer with a love of storytelling, which she has explored through her work in documentary film, and exhibition, museum and digital curation. Marion’s varied career has led her into the non-profit sector, the television and documentary production world and the heritage space, where she has worked as not only a producer and curator, but also as an executive producer, project manager, researcher, writer and scriptwriter. She is passionate about South African stories, particularly those with a historical dimension, and this varied work has afforded her a sustained focus on the political, socio-economic and cultural dimensions of South African life. Her film repertoire includes documentary work for the //Hapo Museum at Freedom Park (SA), for the Matola Interpretive Centre (Mozambique) and for the Samora Machel Museum in Mbuzini (SA); work as producer on a feature-length documentary about Aids denialism in South Africa (directed by Oliver Hermanus, for release in 2019) and as executive producer on a documentary series which retraced the journeys of ex-freedom fighters into exile, paying tribute to the sacrifices of African countries and their citizens for South Africa’s liberation. With a strong academic background, Marion holds a Masters degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford (UK), and an Honours degree in South African History from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).