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MA Student Sivan Raphaely nominated for Best Student Film at Rapid Lion Film Festival

- Dylan

Wits Film and Television MA student Sivan Raphaely was nominated for the Best Student Film Award at the Rapid Lion Film Festival 2017. 

The award went to Never a Next Train by Devon Delmar.

The festival took place from 4-12  March at the Market Theatre and is fast becoming one of the most important events on the Johannesburg film calendar. Wits Film and TV was the developmental partner for the festival.
You can find out more about Rapid Lion here.


Wits Film & TV Student Samkelisiwe Mkhoba to Star in MTV Shuga

- Dylan

MTV Shuga was first launched in 2009 and is part of an MTV Base initiative called “MTV Staying Alive Ignite!” which was created to promote responsible sexual behaviour from young people on the continent. Shuga takes the form of a soap opera and its previous seasons took place in Kenya and Nigeria respectively.

For their fifth season, they have moved the show to South Africa, harnessing the energy of  our home turf of Braamfontein, rebranding the show as MTV Shuga: Down South. Wits Film and TV fourth year student Samkelisiwe Mkhoba will be starring as teenager Khensani, who is “looking for love and finding it in the wrong places,” as Samkelisiwe describes it.

“As an aspiring director I have taken the opportunity to learn from our 3 directors on set namely Mmabatho Montsho, Rea Rangaka and Thabang Moleya. By observing them in their diversity and individuality I hope to find my own identity as a director. I also hope to star in many more films such as Shuga as it is a show which promotes the awareness of human behavior regarding sexual activities and precautions,” says Samkelisiwe.

She is in good company. This season she will star alongside seasoned actors like Clint Brink, and hip hop star Kwesta. Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o starred in the first season. A sign of things to come for Samkelisiwe perhaps!