Khule Mayisa is an independent filmmaker and photographer. She obtained a BA degree in Film& Television Studies from The University of Johannesburg, and, since graduating in 2018, has created several experimental short films, with a style that has been described in the Mail & Guardian as, “blending polemicism with a unique, sensuous visual sensibility”.
Her last film, “Okumhlophe” (2021) won two international awards: Best Short Film at the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image in Frankfurt, Germany; and Best Cinematography at the Mom Film Fest in New York, USA. She was one of 25 participants invited to attend Frankfurt’s B3 Hessenlab in 2022 for a new screenplay in development.
Her work has been showcased in local film festivals such as the Africa Rising International Film Festival, as well as film festivals in Nigeria, The United Kingdom, and Poland. Mayisa’s lens, which extends itself to portrait and fashion photography, is focused on amplifying the black woman’s experience as a reclamation from centuries of racial and patriarchal oppression. This work earned her a spot as a finalist for the 2021 Africa Photo Awards, which doubled as an exhibition at The Gallery in Keyes Art Mile. So far, her photography has been featured on Adidas ZA, Photo Vogue, and Morning Live.
She has freelanced in the industry as a film director, editor, videographer, photographer, and stylist. Her visual language is empowering, poetic, and understated.