Plans for documentary on Kraaifontein woma* ’s life

Pictured, from left, are Nadine Cloete, Zama Mkosi, chief executive officer of the National Film and Video Foundation and Reverend Tanelle Welff-Dixon.

Award-winning Goodwood film director, Nadine Cloete was one of six local and international women panellists at the 2017 Durban International Film Festival’s Film M6art who spoke about the, Female Film-maker Project, a special project by the SA National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF).

Ms Cloete, who is passionate about producing films that focus on heritage and identity, was one of only a handful of young black female directors in South Africa selected to be part of this project.

She directed the documentary, Action Kommandant, the untold story of freedom fighter Ashley Kriel who was killed on July 9, 1987, for which she won the Encounter’s South Africa International Documentary Film Festival’s audience award for Best South African Film.

Several screenings of the documentary will be taking place on the Cape Flats, including a screening at the Tafelsig Youth Centre in Mitchell‘s Plain, yesterday, Mandela Day, July 18.

In another documentary project for her Honours film for UCT, Cloete teamed up with Cape Town rap artist, Jitsvinger for Jitsvinger: Maak it Aan (Make it Happen) that sold out at all seven screenings at the same festival this year.

Although busy with new projects, Cloete said she may consider collaborating with aspiring female film-maker and fellow Capetonian, Reverend Tanelle Welff-Dixon from Kraaifontein to do a documentary on her life.

The working title is, Unbroken,The Tanelle Welff Story, and tells the story of a Kraaifontein woma* who is an abuse survivor and despite challenges in South Africa and America, achieved success and becomes a social entrepreneur, motivational speaker and a radio personality in the USA.

The documentary will also look at how Welff-Dixon plans to bring a faith-based empowerment project that she developed after finding herself homeless in the USA and was assisted by a church in Louisiana.