Cait Pansegrouw -Making African Film Resonate Abroad

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Multi-talented producer, casting director and AFDA alumna Cait Pansegrouw’s fourth feature film, "This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection", directed by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese and beautifully shot by fellow alumnus Pierre de Villiers (DOP), recently premiered at the 76th Venice International Film Festival, the oldest and one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The film, originally developed through Realness - an initiative created by Cait and fellow alumnus Elias Ribeiro and made through Biennale College – Cinema, received rave reviews from critics at the festival and is sure to have a hugely successful international festival run.

“The specificity with which it pursues its most dazzling, hallucinatory conceits is kind of startling. Along with the images, the score by Yu Miyashita and its accompanying sound design constitute a challenge to conventional Western film language. It’s a welcome and necessary one, I think.” - Glenn Kenny for RogerEbert.com

“Making our film through the Biennale College programme was an adventure that will stay with me forever. I am eternally grateful to La Biennale de Venezia for providing us with such a creatively liberating experience and fervently encourage African filmmakers to apply to the College. Being able to premiere "This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection", at the oldest film festival in the world felt transcendent. We are thrilled.”

Cait has worked across South Africa, in Lesotho and in Brazil. Cait is a SAFTA-winner with work that has travelled to Sundance, Berlinale, Venice and Durban to name a few. In 2018 she was also included on the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans list. Cait is passionate about identifying and developing talent and together with her business partner Elias Ribeiro, founded REALNESS, an African Screenwriter's Residency which seeks to foster a new wave of African cinema. Cait strives to make films that challenge the status quo and ignite meaningful conversations; believing in the power of cinema to act as a mirror to society. Inxeba (The Wound), which she produced and cast directed screened at more than 60 festivals worldwide, winning 28 awards. It was also selected as South Africa’s official entry for the Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film in 2018, making it to the December shortlist of 9 films.

Cait is a Durban Talents, Berlinale Talents, La Fabrique Cinema de L’Institut Francais, Durban Film Mart, EAVE Producer’s Workshop and Biennale College - Cinema alumna.

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