IU Cinema Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and François Verster

  • October 7, 2019
  • IU Cinema
  • 1213 E. 7th Street, Bloomington, IN 47405
  • 812-856-CINE
  • 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
  • Free, but ticketed

This program will be in the form of an extended, on-stage conversation.

The Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Conversations from the Director’s Chair annual program pairs two complementary film directors on stage together, discussing their artistic vision, process, and bodies of work, surrounded by screenings of their films.

Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Qubeka and Verster

This series highlights the work of two South African-based filmmakers, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and François Verster, who each produce very different kinds of films, but are both at the leading edge of film production in South Africa and on the African continent. Their visit highlights the innovative and engaged work of a new generation of African filmmakers.

Curated by Marissa Moorman of the IU African Studies Program and Josh Malitsky from the Center for Documentary Research and Practice, with support from IU Cinema, the Black Film/Center Archive, College Arts and Humanities Institute, and the IU Food Institute. The Filmmaker Filmmaker program is endowed through a generous gift from Roberta and Jim Sherman, with an Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign Match. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaboration program.

Akin Omotoso has cancelled his trip to Indiana in October due to unforeseen circumstances regarding his filming schedule.

François Verster is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His films generally follow creative and observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards. Verster has taught documentary or held fellowships at Columbia University, NYU, and University of Cape Town. He currently teaches a postgraduate course in creative documentary at the University of the Western Cape.

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka has directed numerous documentaries, television dramas, and feature films. For his work, he has received both a Peabody and BAFTA. Of particular note are his film Of Good Report (2013) and his Sew Winter to My Skin (2018)—the latter which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is at work on a film about a boxer in South Africa’s Eastern Cape entitled Knuckle City. Qubeka is the co-owner and creative director of Yellowbone Entertainment.

IU Cinema Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and François Verster