Director. Producer. Writer. 

"We need to start telling unconventional stories and not just in the three act structure. In Tjovitjo when we first started, people were like, ‘There is no story.’ Then came, ‘We don’t understand the story.’ Then it was, ‘Oh it’s confusing,’ but it was just criticism. We knew we wanted to tell the story in a different way. We knew it might be uncomfortable, it might be awkward because people aren’t telling stories that way. We basically pick a moment and then we intertwine those moments to make a whole story. You also have to participate in connecting the dots. It’s not the easiest but we are glad that the professionals acknowledge our skill in telling it."
Mail & Guardian

VINCENT MOLOI

Director. Producer. Writer. 

"We need to start telling unconventional stories and not just in the three act structure. You also have to participate in connecting the dots. It’s not the easiest but we are glad that the professionals acknowledge our skill in telling it."
Mail & Guardian

To Vincent Moloi, the process is as important as the product. As a multi-award winning, recording-breaking filmmaker, he understands that by virtue of being a product borne of transformation in the South African film and television industry, transformation, and skills transfer has to continue in the work that he himself produces.

This means constantly creating opportunities for those who’d otherwise not get a chance to attend film school, by giving them access to his film-sets, his productions and most importantly access to him.

Vincent is an auteur, exceptional amongst his peers when it comes to the creation of original, inimitable content. He confidently straddles factual and fiction content, using his documentary roots to inform his love for narrative storytelling. It is this very understanding of realism that informs his folkloric-manner of storytelling.  So far he has directed over 20 documentaries, 14 TV dramas, 3 short films, and directed many other formats of television. His latest documentary Skulls Of My People won the Best Documentary Award at Afrika Film Festival Kolne’ in Germany and went on to win Best Documentary, Best Director in Documentary, and Best Cinematography in Documentary at the South African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs).

Vincent is currently working on Season II of the recording breaking TV series Tjovitjo, a project he helmed with the ability of an adroit master. Tjovitjo centres around the dance sub-culture of SePantsula, a culture that has come to the fore as a result of the TV series. He’s also in development for an as yet, untitled documentary, which is where his directing roots lie.

As a company director at Puo Pha Productions, Vincent’s executive producing skills come to the fore, working with his business partner Lodi Matsetela, to execute a strategy that seeks to centre stories that straddle borders, eliminating language barriers, while effortlessly extending across all platforms of media and mediums. There is a fearless pioneering edge to his work, making him exceptional in his craft as a filmmaker that is following confidently in the footsteps of the forefathers of African Cinema.

 

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