SAFTAs12 nominee series: Q&A with Skulls Of My People director Vincent Moloi


The 12th annual South African Film and Television Awards (SAFTAs) will take place on 22 and 24 March 2018 at Sun City Resort in the North West Province. Managed under the custodianship of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) – an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture – the SAFTAs committee consists of the SABC, DStv, M-Net,, StarSat, the Cultural and Creative Industries Federation of South Africa (CCIFSA) and the South African Screen Federation (SASFED).

Screen Africa chats to Vincent Moloi, director and producer of 2018 multi SAFTA-nominated documentary Skulls Of My People:

What inspired the making of Skulls Of My People?

Skulls Of My People felt like a spiritual obligation. It just had to be done, especially in the current social political climate where issues of land redistribution is being discussed. And what better way is there than to have a documentary as a catalyst for this conversation.

What do you attribute its success to?

Because it purely came from the heart. You can literally feel the energy of the people behind the project.

What will winning a 2018 SAFTA mean to you and the rest of the crew?

It will be such fulfilment especially because at first we struggled getting funding because people told us there is no story. And so winning a SAFTA will be a good validation. But also will highlight the struggle of the people of Namibia especially the Nama and Herero people

Watch the trailer for Skulls Of My People.

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Chanelle Ellaya
Chanelle Ellaya is the editor of Screen Africa. She completed her BA Journalism degree at the University of Johannesburg in 2011. While writing is her passion, she has a keen interest in the media in various capacities. Chanelle is an avid social media networker and a firm believer in the power of social and online networking. Between writing and tweeting, she finds time to feed her love for live music.


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