Fanney Tsimong, a gay filmmaker, has brought to life issues confronting youngsters in the townships.

His eight-minute film Mountain Shade sensitively traces the journey of an urban youth who goes to a rural area to be circumcised as he tries to make sense of the values of his family. Tsimong began working as a dancer at the age of 15 and later acted as choreographer and event manager for the late pop star Brenda Fassie. He received the Muizenberg 2003 Vuka award for raw talent and studied at Afda, the film and drama academy. He conceived and directed the talkshow series Intimate Connectionz for SABC1 in 2005, hosted by celebrity Somizi Mhlongo.

Mountain Shade was screened at the Out in Africa Gay and Lesbian Film festival in 2006. In the same year, Tsimong joined supergroup Malaika as choreographer and stylist, and contributed his creative talents to the television miniseries After 9.

This year, he served at the Berlinale Film festival as a jury member.

Lunch Spot: Ocean Basket, Rosebank