Aliki Saragas – Director/ Producer/ Cinematographer
Aliki is a Johannesburg-based South African documentary filmmaker and photographer. After completing her MA cum laude, in 2015 she started her own documentary production company, Elafos Productions to champion women’s stories, recognising the need to emphasise complex and strong roles for women both in front of and behind the lens. Her photojournalism has been featured in Al Jazeera Online, she has lectured at post-graduate symposiums and has been referenced by Pulitzer winner Greg Marinovich in his book Murder on Small Koppie. Aliki is currently heading up the Impact and Advocacy team in the newly formed Sisters Working In Film and Television Organisation. Strike A Rock is Aliki’s first documentary feature film, and was one of six projects chosen to pitch at Bertha's Good Pitch Kenya in 2016.
Liani Maasdorp – Producer
Liani Maasdorp has worked as a television insert director, documentary editor, producer and consultant. Her work has been broadcast on Discovery channel, National Geographic, SABC and eTV. She is currently a lecturer in the Centre for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town. She convenes the Master of Documentary Arts degree programme, is the academic director of the UCT TV Studio and runs the Stepping Stone community engagement video training programme. She has written for academic journals and popular magazines and has lectured on fiction and nonfiction film at various film schools.
Anita Khanna – Producer
Anita Khanna is the scriptwriter of multi award winning documentaries, Born into Struggle, Bushman’s Secret and Miners Shot Down. She was the Impact Producer of Miners Shot Down and led the team that was responsible for the film’s highly successful outreach and distribution campaign She has written and co-directed several social justice documentaries including Looting the Nation and You Chuse. She produced the Alexandra My Alexandra 13 part documentary series and wrote and produced drama series, The Mating Game, an award winning feminist drama series for the SABC. She has been a jury member at Durban International Film Festival and at One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague. She was the Outreach Director of the first Satellite version of the Good Pitch that took place in Johannesburg in 2011. Anita is also the Director of the TCFF and watches hundreds of documentaries each year, to put together a programme that speaks to the most urgent issues facing southern African audiences.
Khalid Shamis – Editor
Working in the film and TV industry in the UK, Middle East and Southern Africa since 1997, Khalid Shamis runs his production company tubafilms from Cape Town. Khalid balances the fine line between story structure and aesthetics having completed numerous long-form films as an editor and directed his own feature documentary Imam and I, which received critical acclaim. He has held an associate lecturer position at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, holds the prestigious South African Guild of Editors acronym, has been an active member of several industry bodies in South Africa as well as acquiring a few awards for his work.
Aaron Lekaba – Location Sound Recordist
Aaron is a professional Location Sound Recordist who has worked for both local and international Productions, as well as as a Studio Sound Mixer for both Live to TV and press recorded programmes. Aaron has shown his expertise on Reality, Sitcoms, Drama, Corporate, and Documentary films, showing how he lives and breathes Sound. Most who have worked with Aaron will remember him saying “Sound is Life”, a phrase he works and lives by.
Andreas Georghiou – Cinematographer
Andreas is a Cinematographer, Photographer and Video Editor based in Johannesburg, South Africa. His work consists of documentaries, music videos, commercials, corporate videos, travel photography and photojournalism. Despite the varied scope of his work, the common thread is that he likes to portray the raw, emotive side of reality that often lies beyond what the naked eye can see. He is driven by that "hidden" world which can often only be revealed by looking through the lens of a camera. Whether he is recording still frames or moving ones, his desire to capture the emotion that exists beyond what is tangible has always been what drives his work.
Kathleen Hardy – Impact Producer
Kathleen Hardy is a public interest lawyer from South Africa and currently works at the South African Human Rights Commission. Prior to that, Kathleen worked at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies and Socio-Economic Rights Institute. She has consulted for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. Kathleen holds an LL.B and an LL.M (Public International Law) from the University of Pretoria.
Tiago Correia-Paulo – Composer
Tiago Correia-Paulo is a late seventies baby who hails from Maputo, Mozambique. He 'wasted' a bunch of time studying Development Economics and Human Resource Management in South Africa to later discover that he actually wanted to become a musician, or something like that. Based in Johannesburg, he started a couple of bands so he could record albums, go on tour, and do all the things your conventional musician does. Later, bored with the one dimensional aspect of being in bands, he started working by himself on film scores and other musical experimentations. Not long after, and almost instinctively, he ends up bridging other inclinations like design, illustration and editing, and dives head first into the world of film making. Heʼs currently an integral part of a few musical ventures, has his own electronic solo endeavor, built a studio where he works with and produces other artists, and spends a fair amount of time working on film scores and sound-scapes for a wide array of projects.
Ying-Poi De Lacy – Location Sound recordist
Ying-Poi De Lacy was born and bred in Johannesburg. After spending a year living in London and finding a passion for film making she came back to study Film, Television and Scriptwriting at the University of the Witwatersrand. She is now working as a film researcher at a film production company, in the hopes to learn the ropes of Directing.
Jacqui-Lee-Katz – Impact Producer
Jacqui-Lee is a South African filmmaker, writer and producer. She obtained her Masters degree with distinction from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Her academic writing focuses on the intersection of film theory, queer theory and race & gender studies. She currently works as a coordinating documentary producer and impact producer as well as a regular contributor for Her Film Project. Jacqui-Lee also heads up the marketing department for SWIFT - an African-based non-profit organisation working with women in film and television. She has previously worked as a sessional feminist film theory lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, has taught at the National School of the Arts in South Africa and has had her work screened at the Cannes International Art Video Film Festival in 2012.