The Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Conversations from the Director’s Chair event is an annual IU Cinema program that pairs two complementary film directors on stage together, discussing their artistic vision, process, and bodies of work, surrounded by screenings of their films.

Filmmaker to Filmmaker: Qubeka and Verster

From the IU Cinema site: This series highlights the work of two South African-based filmmakers, Jahmil X.T. Qubeka and François Verster, who each produce very different kinds of films, but are both at the leading edge of film production in South Africa and on the African continent. The screenings highlight the innovative and engaged work of a new generation of African filmmakers.

This year the program will be in the form of a masterclass by François Verster. Unfortunately, Filmmaker Jahmil X.T. Qubeka will no longer be present for this event.

The masterclass, open to the public, takes place on Monday October 7 at 4pm at IUCinema!


François Verster is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa. His films generally follow creative and observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards. Verster has taught documentary or held fellowships at Columbia University, NYU, and University of Cape Town. He currently teaches a postgraduate course in creative documentary at the University of the Western Cape.

Jahmil X.T. Qubeka has directed numerous documentaries, television dramas, and feature films. For his work, he has received both a Peabody and BAFTA. Of particular note are his film Of Good Report (2013) and his Sew Winter to My Skin (2018)—the latter which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. He is at work on a film about a boxer in South Africa’s Eastern Cape entitled Knuckle City. Qubeka is the co-owner and creative director of Yellowbone Entertainment.

Qubeka’s SEW THE WINTER TO MY SKIN, Sun. Oct. 6, 4 pm at IU Cinema

Verster’s DREAMS OF SHAHRAZAD , Mon. Oct. 7, 7 pm at IU Cinema (Q&A with the director)

Verster’s SEA POINTE DAYS, Weds. Oct. 9, 7 pm at Wells 048 Screening Room (Q&A with the director)

Qubeka’s OF GOOD REPORT, Thurs. Oct. 10, 7 pm at Wells 048 Screening Room

Curated by Marissa Moorman of the Indiana University African Studies Program and Josh Malitsky from the Indiana University’s Center for Documentary Research and Practice, with support from IU Cinema, the Black Film Center/ Archive, College Arts & Humanities Institute, Indiana University, and the IU Food Institute. The Filmmaker to Filmmaker program is endowed through a generous gift from Roberta and Jim Sherman, with an Indiana University Bicentennial Campaign Match. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaboration program.

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