Doccie course in Soweto


The film division of the Soweto Performing Arts Centre in Orlando West, Soweto, is offering a creative documentary filmmaking course that will run over weekends. It will be facilitated by well known South African writer/producer/director Feizel Mamdoo.

The course content includes concept development, research skills, scriptwriting, production, budget development, directing, camera techniques, sound, editing, intellectual property and basic entertainment law.

Participants will be provided with critical and technical skills needed to develop and shape their creative visions. At the end of the course each participant will be expected to produce a 10-minute documentary film which will be presented at the first youth documentary film festival planned to be launched in Soweto in November.

“We will also explore other local markets such as the M-Nets’ New Directions, Commex, Durban International Film Festival and Fespaco to reach out to African audiences’ says Basil Dube, the Centre’s director.

Interested people who wish to register for the documentary film course are invited to attend a compulsory briefing session to be held at FEPACI, Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, Newtown on Saturday 15 May at 10 am. Prior booking is essential as only 45 seats are available. For booking and registration please contact the director on 078 7387846 or

The Soweto Performing Arts Centre was formed by Dube and international musical producer Mbongeni Ngema. The mission of the centre is to provide young people from the township with access to arts education and skills development in the field of film, music, dance, theatre and literature studies.

Ngema, who is currently rehearsing Sarafina for the FIFA World Cup audience, will be running a comprehensive six months theatre course from July. The course will be presented in partnership with Ngema’s Committed Artists.

Dube has appealed to Soweto business people and the City of Joburg to support the centre and its programmes.’With the support of government and the business community, our centre could be established as a premier and most successful community based academy of the performing arts in Africa’ said Dube.


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