Nobunye Levin


Boasting three film credits to her name, Nobunye Levin teaches at Wits university's School of the Arts. Levin, a graduate of Wits, directed Thymesis (2008) and Stones and Dreads (2008), about black hair and its attendant politics. Her latest film, I am Saartjie Baartman, a humanised portrait of the legend, shed of much of her historical and political aura, was selected for the 56th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen, Germany. Thymesis, which deals with rape and the pain of memory, will be showcased at the Next Reel International Film Festival at New York university's Tisch School of the Arts. Levin approaches her work with a deeply academic gaze and is a big fan of avant garde filmmaking practices. A vegetarian, she enjoys going out and appreciates the social value of sport (she was once selected for Gauteng's youth basketball team). �Percy Zvomuya

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