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Talents Durban

Talents Press

Talents Press programme Coordinator: Thula Mdladla
Mentors: Sarah Dawson, Oris Aigbokhaevbolo, Debashine Thangevelo and Shaibu Hussein

Talents Durban mentors four emerging African film critics and journalists; Talent Press is presented in partnership with the Fipresci as they will be covering events and films of the 36th Durban International Film Festival. The FIPRESCI is an organisation of film critics and films journalists, established in different countries for the promotion and development of film culture.

Sarah Dawson writes on film for publications such as the Mail & Guardian, The Con and Mahala. She left her position as the assistant manager at the Durban International Film Festival last year. She has recently taken up a position as the Assistant Manager of the Africa in Motion Film Festival in the UK. Sarah has an MA (cum laude) in film studies and has lectured theoretical film studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Durban University of Technology.



Nigerian Culture Journalist and film critic, Shaibu Husseini writes for Nigeria’s flagship newspaper-The Guardian. He is the author of Moviedom…the Nollywood Narratives: Clips on the Pioneers.  Nigeria’s massive film culture, “Nollywood” recognizes him as the most consistent documentarist. In 2014, he was honored as the “Best Film Journalist and Nollywood Critic” at the annual Nollywood Film Festival in Germany. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees of the Association of Movie Journalist of Nigeria, the advisory Board of the African Student International Film Festival and on the Selection Committee of the Nigeria Oscars Selection Committee (NOSC).


Oris Aigbokhaevbolo is a Lagos born freelance writer and critic. He’s covered film festivals in Lagos, Abuja, Jos, Durban, Rotterdam, Ouagadougou and Berlin. His work has appeared locally in: This Day, the Guardian, the Sun and The Nation. Internationally, he has had work published by the Guardian UK, The Africa Report, Chimurenga and this is Africa.  In early 2014, Aigbokhaevbolo was selected for South Africa’s Talent Campus Durban. In the same year he was invited to the Netherlands’ Young Critics’ Project at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and Germany’s Talent Press at the Berlinale Film Festival.


Debashine Thangevelo is a Senior Entertainment Writer with Independent Media. In her 16 year media career, she has been exposed to various forms of the arts such as TV, film, music and theatre. She has had the privilege to interview Oprah Winfrey, Danny Boyle, John Kani, Amitabh Bachchan, Ricky Gervais, Kim Kardashian and Ryan Seacrest. Other accolades include a guest appearance on CNBC Africa’s Silver Screen as well as on Sam Cowen’s lunchtime show on Radio 702. She has been one of the Supporting Actor category judges for SA’s Royalty Soapie Awards for the last two years.

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Script Station

Programme Coordinator: Khobi Ledwaba
Mentors: Karima Effendi & Tracey Lee Dearham-Rainers

Khobi Ledwaba (Programme Coordinator)
Khobi Ledwaba holds a BA in Languages & Literature and a 3-year diploma in Brand Communications. Her first screenplay, "Between Friends" was released in cinemas nationwide. She later assumed the role of co-head-writer for Matatiele, a 26-part drama and she is currently in development of a feature film that will be produced by her company.



Karima Effendi
Karima Effendi holds a BA Honours degree in English from the University of the Western Cape. She works as a screenplay editor independently and for the National Film and Video Foundation. Her first TV drama series (Intersexions Series I) won 11 SAFTA awards and a George Peabody award in 2012.



Tracey Dearham-Rainers
Tracey-Lee Rainers is a Johannesburg based writer, producer, script editor and also serves as a Council Member for the Writers Guild of South Africa. She has been in the South African film and television industry since 2004.

DOC Station

Advanced & Foolw-up Mentor: Odette Geldenhuys.
Additional mentors: Andy Jones, Jihan El Tahri and Khalo Matabane.
Moderator/coordinator: Menga Nhlabathi

Durban International Film FestivalAndy Jones is a Producer, director, impact consultant, curator and collaborator. Andy’s documentary track record spans the past 15 years and includes major network TV series, one-off features documentaries and everything in between. A former teacher, including three years in Zimbabwe, he moved to London in 1996 and was bitten by the digital technology bug. He first set up, then managed the in-house film unit for international development agency VSO and in 2000, was a co-founder of the screen station collective, programming films for London’s legendary Mwalimu Express. He has produced and directed in over 20 Africans countries and in 2013 set up Radio Film in Newcastle with feature film producer/director Ashley Horner. His latest documentary, I shot Bi kidude, narrating his role in the dramatic kidnap of the world’s oldest living Taarab singer, plays at DIFF as a work in progress.

Durban International Film FestivalIs an award winning South African filmmaker who has directed and produced the part-doc, part-fiction conversations on a Sunday afternoon which was screened at the Berlin Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival. His TV drama series When we were Black, a coming of age story about a young boy set on the eve of the student uprisings in 1976, we on to win seven awards including best TV drama series and director at SAFTAS, and screened on Canal+ SABC. His latest documentary Nelson Mandela the myth and me is a BBC/Arte Germany co-production. It won the jury special prize at the International Documentary Film Festival of Amsterdam (IDFA). He is the creative director at Born Free Media.
MENGA Nhlabathi

Menga Nhlabathi is a Durban based film writer and director. He has written and directed 2 short films and numerous music videos. His feature film debut is set to air, this year on South Africa’s open air channel, ETV. Menga has worked as an assistant director on the Afrikaans Drama Series Swartwater and the Canadian/South African co production “Against The Wild 2”.