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2022 Film Catalogue

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The Team behind the Sunshine

Sydelle Willow Smith

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Sydelle Willow Smith is a storyteller and co-founder of Sunshine Cinema. She holds a Masters of Social Science in African Studies from The University of Oxford. She is passionate about audience engagement and experimenting with modes of public participation. It is within the context of public participation where she has drawn together her interests in media, anthropology, and socio-political interventions


Nonto Sibanyoni

Media Coordinator

Nontokozo Sibanyoni is a 2021 Spark Impact Sunshine Cinema alumni. She is a podcast editor, social media marketing assistant and she contributes to the overall running of the ambassador program at Sunshine Cinema as a coordinator. She is a marketing graduate with a passion for digital marketing and she finds it very essential for the youth to equip themselves with digital marketing skills since it is constantly evolving and it creates room for income opportunities.

Ayanda Kondlo

Youth Coordinator

Ayanda Kondlo is a diligent ,ambitious and goal-oriented young man,who believes in making change to better the lives of others,mainly that of young people.Kondlo has experience working in education and community development and holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree majoring in psychology from the University of the Western Cape. He believes that the tech space is constantly evolving, creating many opportunities for young peoples’ development. In his role as Youth Coordinator he is looking forward to leading youth , supporting the Spark Impact Ambassador Programme.

Rowan Pybus

Co-Founder & Technical Director

Rowan Pybus is an impact campaign specialist. His work for the last 20 years has been focused on social and environmental development. He founded Makhulu Media in 2005 to create film stories that matter, and is the Co-Founder of Sunshine Cinema. In the course of his career he has won awards from the UN Forum on Forests, National Geographic, Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and is a Salzburg Global Fellow.

Rene Weston

Director of Program Operations

Rene Weston is the Director of Program Operations at Sunshine Cinema. She believes in the power of creativity to unite, strengthen, and heal. She builds lasting team relationships while trying to balance her super-organised ‘get-things-done-yesterday’ kind of energy with her ‘calm-confident-rock-in-the-stormy-ocean’ dreamer self. Her background is an interesting mix of NGO project management, education management, and having the time of her life as Ian Gabriel’s assistant on both the Forgiveness and Four Corners feature films. She is interested in empowering youth to find their voice, training them in skills that will help them confidently unlock powerful and authentic stories

Pretty Nxumalo

Zimbabwe Project Manager

Pretty Nxumalo holds a Masters in Journalism and Media Studies and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Language and Communication Studies. She has worked with various non-profit organisations to bring about social change through access to information and women and youth empowerment. She believes that access to reliable information is essential for effective citizen participation in public life. She is enthusiastic about research, women empowerment and development communication.

Shanna Freedman

Financial Manager

An award-winning producer, Shanna brings unflappable competence and a wealth of valuable experience to the table of any production. Organisation is an art form, after all, and Shanna is a creative master of her craft. Able to stretch a budget, handle logistics, effortlessly put people at ease, manage a team of brilliant individuals and provide creative input, it’s the reward that pushes her to aim for perfection.

Board Members

Hlubi Mboya-Arnold

Hlubi Mboya-Arnold is an Award Winning TV and Film actor, athlete, social justice activist, philanthropist, social entrepreneur, educator and reading for her MBA at Henley Business School. She currently is an Executive Director at Future CEOs and Non -Executive Director at the Mandela Education Programme

Dylan Valley

Dylan Valley is  an award-winning documentary filmmaker and a media scholar who views film as a liberatory tool. Valley has done work on revisiting the history of Afrikaans, reframing it as a creole language (Afrikaaps) and has documented urgent responses to police brutality (The Uprising of Hangberg). Prior to joining UCT as a lecturer, Valley worked in the Film and Television Department at the Wits School of Arts at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits). In 2013 Dylan received a Pulitzer fellowship from the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, where he received his master’s in specialised journalism. In January 2020, his virtual reality documentary Azibuye – The Occupation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Sundance. Azibuye is Valley’s first virtual reality project, and he is planning to do more work in this field, both in research and practice.

Susan Levine

Susan Levine is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Cape Town. She holds a PhD in political economy, an MA in visual anthropology and a BA in cultural anthropology. Currently leading the critical health humanities in South Africa, Susan is passionate about the value of the arts for health education and health systems

Faith Pienaar

Faith Pienaar  is from Johannesburg and has worked to build a number of youth-led social movements centering the use of creative approaches such as film, photography, and illustration for positive social change. She is interested in institutional reform as it relates to governance, and is currently completing a Masters in Organisational and Institutional Studies at Wits with the Public Affairs Research Institute. With over five years of professional and volunteer experience in South Africa, Malaysia, and the United States, Faith brings with expertise in programme development and implementation, communications, campaign building, research, and strategic advisory services. Faith currently works as a Researcher and Project Manager at the Mcebisi Jonas Centre for Change.

Bushra Razack

Bushra Razack is a professional consultant with extensive international experience (including in Ghana, Kenya, Cameroon, and South Africa) working with organisations such as Standard Chartered Bank, CBM, Seeing is Believing, UNOCHA, and Right to Sight International. Specialises in programme development and management. One of 100 young South African leaders selected to the prestigious Mail & Guardian Mzanzi Top 100 list for 2017. She is the winner of the 2018 Power Woman of the Year award in Innovation. She is a non executive board member of Boschendal Wine Estate, as well as the CEO of Phillipi Cultural Village.

Stephanie Bousheri

Stephanie Bousheri is a San Francisco based accomplished entrepreneurial leader and UC Davis and UCSF trained clinician scientist with global experience spanning patient care, clinical research, product strategy, commercialization, and business development. Throughout her career she has focused on ways to use technology and the idea of scale to innovate, uplift, educate, and help others. From working as a nurse;  to taking the first therapeutic HIV vaccine to Africa; to operating as a GM at an Ed-Tech company. Over the course of her career she has worked with both Fortune 500 companies and start-ups to bring novel solutions to market and drive company growth. In her free time she gives back by serving on several Boards, and advising early stage companies.

Sivu Giba

Sivuyisiwe Giba is the co-founder and director of SivuBuhle Media, a documentary and multimedia production company based in the Eastern Cape. Sivu comes with a variety of film experiences from feature film to documentary and her passion is mostly documentary filmmaking, where she had her formal film training from Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking specialising in producing and directing. Having won a series of awards for her films, she is also a Film business developer who is passionate about provincial film development. Sivu is passionate about indigenous stories and that is what she mainly produces and directs especially authentic rural stories where the heart of the community is.

Vincent Manzini

Vincent Manzini also known as Sir Vincent is a DJ, Producer, Social Entrepreneur, Speaker and a Culture Activist who’s mission has always been to shine a bright light on where he comes from and it’s people. Vincent founded the first DJ academy in Khayelitsha called Jump Start Music Academy which sought to open up the music industry to kids who do not have the resources and access. With more than 15 years experience in marketing Vincent Manzini is the co founder and Director of Blank Kanvas where is credited with securing sponsorships for various platforms in the past 2 years.

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