What’s right and wrong, it’s sometimes said, is a matter of perception. The diverse voices of filmmakers are strong within the Talents alums group and this event delves into the work of Berlinale filmmakers and artists from Lesotho, South Africa and Spain to trigger debate. Dislocated views of the continent allow us to question what counts as “African” anew and thereby interrogate how misrepresentations sharpen our critical senses. We therefore set out to discuss changing perceptions and question contradictory representations, which drift in and out of Africa.
Neus Ballús studied filmmaking and creative documentary in Barcelona. Her first feature-length film, LA PLAGA (2013), premiered at Berlinale Forum and was nominated for the European Discovery Prize at the European Film Awards, the European Parliament’s LUX Prize and the Goya Awards. It received more than 20 international prizes, including four Gaudí Awards and the Sant Jordi Award for Best Spanish Debut. STAFF ONLY is her first fiction film.
Born in Oxford, Great Britain, to an English mother and a Namibian father, Perivi Katjavivi grew up in Windhoek, Namibia. He studied film at Columbia College in Los Angeles where he attained his BA. He holds an MA in African Cinema from the University of Cape Town and is a PhD candidate in Visual History at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a self-taught filmmaker from Lesotho who divides his time between Lesotho, South Africa and Berlin. His shorts MOSONNGOA (2014) and BEHEMOTH - OR THE GAME OF GOD (2015) have screened at numerous international film festivals, including Clermont Ferrand and Durban, and won several awards. His feature MOTHER. I AM SUFFOCATING. THIS IS MY LAST FILM ABOUT YOU. was selected for Final Cut in Venice in 2018 and is premiering at Berlinale Forum in 2019. He attended Berlinale Talents in 2012.
Tiny Mungwe is a South African filmmaker and arts manager. She currently works at STEPS in Cape Town, producing a documentary series on migration called Generation Africa. She previously worked as an independent documentary producer and as a director on the popular South African show UZALO. She was programmes manager at the Centre for Creative Arts (UKZN) where she organised literature, poetry and dance events, as well as the Industry Programme of the Durban International Film Festival.
A documentary filmmaker, author and journalist, Dorothee Wenner has been on the selection committee of Berlinale Forum since 1990 and serves as the Berlinale delegate for India and Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also a founding jury member of the Africa Movie Academy Awards.