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Sihle Hlophe’s interview starts at 23 min 20 sec.

 

 

 

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Sihle Hlophe sticks to her guns for siSwati short film

With a growing film industry and more local content on our screens, South African film makers are getting more recognition than ever before. SIHLE HLOPHE, 28, told Pontsho Pilane about her journey in film making and the challenges it has brought.

I grew up being the little girl who was in every play. This continued until I was in high school and that is when I made the decision to study television and film production at Wits University. Although I spent most of my life in the spotlight, I was always curious about the production and creativity side of television.

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Local film-maker shines bright

“Both my parents went to university in the United Kingdom and encouraged me to have a deep love for education. Today I believe I can achieve anything that I set my mind to.”

MBOMBELA – Sihle Hlophe is a scriptwriter, director and entrepreneur. She holds a master’s degree in communication studies, a BA in dramatic arts, a post-graduate diploma in marketing management and a certificate from the Natural History Unit’s Wildlife Film Academy. But the best of all – this woman is a local.

 

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MEET FILMMAKER SIHLE HLOPHE

Fribourg-International-Film-Festival-Switzerland(page)Sihle Hlophe is on a mission to promote South African minority languages through her film work. The director and screenwriter’s short film, As I Am, shot entirely in Swati, has been making the rounds at various local and international festivals, including the Pan African Film Festival in the US, The Durban International Film Festival, Switzerland’s Fribourg International Festival and soon the Zanzibar Film Festival, where she will sit on a panel of female filmmakers alongside Oscar nominated director Ava DuVarney.

 

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23rd Annual Pan African Film Festival opens with Black Panther documentary | EnClave LA

There were more than 20 former Black Panthers in attendance, like storyteller Michael D. McCartyand artist/activist Akinsanya Kambon, as well as celebrities from American and African continents, like veteran actors Isaiah Washington, Loretta Devine, Nigerian TV personality Tolulope Olusola Lamidi, South African director Sihle Hlophe, and many more at the sold-out event!

 

 

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“AS I AM” Selected For FIFF

Production-Photo-1Film director and screenwriter Sihle Hlophe’s short film, “As I Am” was selected for the 29th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF). The festival took place in Fribourg, Switzerland from the 21st to the 28th of March 2015. The film participated in this year’s international short film competition.

 

 

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'As I Am' selected for Pan African Film Festival

Final-poster-2(01_12)Film director and screenwriter Sihle Hlophe’s short film, “As I Am” has been selected for the 23rd edition of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF). The festival will take place in Los Angeles, California in February 2015.

 

 

 

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NFVF funded short film, “As I Am” has been selected for the 23rd edition of the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF).

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This will be the world premiere of the film, which first screened at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in 2014. “As I Am” is director and screenwriter Sihle Hlophe’s fiction directorial debut. The talented young filmmaker has directed and written a handful of documentaries.

 

 

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As I Am' selected for Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland

Final-poster-2(01_12)Film director and screenwriter Sihle Hlophe’s short film, “As I Am” has been selected for the 29th edition of the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF). The festival will take place in Fribourg, Switzerland from the 21st to the 28th of March 2015. The film will be partaking in this year’s international short film competition.

 

 

 

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The representation of minority languages on SABC 1: the case of Siswati / Sihle Hlophe

This dissertation interrogates the representation of SiSwati programming (a minority language) on SABC 1 It critically analyses the statutory provisions in place for language parity and utilises hegemony as the theoretical framework for understanding the concept of language parity in the South African broadcasting landscape. To the researcher’s knowledge, there is limited information pertaining to this particular research topic however, most of the previous literature refers to all eleven official languages and not SiSwati specifically.

 

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