Writer & 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 publications like the Mail and Guardian, City Press, W Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Aperture Magazine, Elle and Colours, as well as having worked across the arts in the fields of fashion, music, art, publishing and cultural activism. For three years she edited the Arts and Culture section of the weekly Mail & Guardian and is the co-creator of Umoya: On African Spirituality, a podcast that seeks to demystify African Spirituality in the 21st Century. 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.
Marion Isaacs is a producer, curator, editor, writer and researcher with a love of storytelling, which she has explored through her work in documentary film and museum curation – and increasingly in VR, radio and podcasting, and fiction work. Her varied career has afforded her a sustained focus on questions of identity, race and gender, and the cultural, historical, political and often eccentric dimensions of South African life in a radically global context. Her film repertoire includes the documentary series Mandela and Me (2012), and They Sacrificed for Our Freedom (2014), a series which retraced the journeys of ex-freedom fighters into exile during apartheid. Her first feature-length documentary, The PresidentNeeds More Time (due for release in 2019), directed by Oliver Hermanus, is a meditation on the fatal era of Aids denialism in South Africa. She is currently hard at work on her second documentary feature, Milisuthando, in collaboration with director Milisuthando Bongela. Marion holds a Masters degree in African Studies from the University of Oxford (UK) and she is a 2019 Sundance Institute producers fellow/ alumna.
Cinematographer & Editor
Hankyeol Lee is a filmmaker and photographer who is fascinated by topics of language and fractured identity. She has worked as a director, cinematographer and editor (to name a few) and believes very strongly in collaboration and skillshare. Her filmography includes Bror, a short documentary she directed about two 80-year old brothers living together in the idyllic town of Porkkala, Finland. She was the cinematographer and editor of I Want To See For Myself, a short documentary about the legacy of Tennis hero, Arthur Ashe, and the tennis centre he erected in Soweto, South Africa. She is a graduate of the University of the Witwatersrand, and has also lectured cinematography at the Wits School of Film and TV.