Our Team

Esley Anne Philander

Researcher

Filmmaker and Community Journalist, Esley Philander has a BA (Hons) and  was awarded an Andrew W Mellon Fellowship in Humanities to complete her Honours year. In 2009 Esley attended the Imagine Institute’s pan African Young Talents Programme in Burkina Faso under the tutorship of the legendary Gaston Kabore, where she received her training in filmmaking.  In 2012 she was selected to participate in DW Akadamie’s TV Journalism/Features African Stories Co-production and successfully produced a TV Feature, Indigenous Sounds, for Deutsche Welle TV’s Global 3000 magazine programme.  Her short documentary, Khonexted, has also been selected for international film festivals and was broadcast as part of the Ikon South Africa short documentary showcase on SABC2. Her first short story, The Bus Stop, was selected for publishing in This is My Land.

Richard Mills
Mills is a film editor, producer, director and cameraman. Educated in South Africa, he lived ...
Shelley Barry
Barry is an award-winning filmmaker, poet and lecturer. After graduating from the universities of Cape ...
Jo Menell
Menell is an award-winning television reporter, producer and director. He received an MA in Anthropology ...
Barbara Masekela
Anti-apartheid stalwart and sister of legendary musician Hugh, Masekela is a long-serving African National Congress ...

Other members of our team

Kayla Stamps
Kayla Stamps is pursuing her Masters at the University of Southern California. She is currently ...
Wanga Mafenuka
Wanga started rapping in 1996. He tells classic stories in xhosa slang known as " ...
Leyche’ Carelse
Leyche Carelse born in 1998 in Cape Town, Western Cape. She studied Film and Television ...
Primrose Mrwebi
Writer, performer, and poet, Primrose Mrwebi has written and edited for titles such as Cosmopolitan, Fairlady, Bona, Abafazi, Student Life and many ...
Banele Poni
Banele Poni was born in the Western Cape but his roots are in Gcuwa – ...
Wisaal Abrahams
Wisaal was selected as a South African Youth Leader Representative at a UN MDG Conference ...
Esley Anne Philander
Filmmaker and Community Journalist, Esley Philander has a BA (Hons) and  was awarded an Andrew ...