AFDA Johannesburg alumni, Sheetal Magan, and her latest film ‘Paraya’ featured in Official Selection at Toronto’s TIFF alongside other great female filmmakers including her long time role models Mira Nair & Deepa Mehta. Sheetal was one of 5 applicants selected for a South African Screenwriters residency called “Realness”, drawing from 175 applicants from 29 countries. The announcement of the selection took place at La Fabriques des Cinemas du Monde at Cannes 2016. The residency was created by fellow Johannesburg AFDA alumni Elias Ribeiro. “Realness” is backed by Institut Francais Berlinale, Torino Film Lab,Durban Filmmart and Restless Talent.
Sheetal is an emerging South African talent who completed four years of study at AFDA, where she graduated in 2010 amongst the top of her class. She was recently identified by the South African City Press as one of five creatives to watch in 2016.
She has completed several short films including a ‘God Dank vir Klank’ (2011) a mockumentary exploring ‘Zef culture’ and the rise to youtube fame of South African rap duo “Die Antwoord” and ‘City of Ashes’ (2014) a dystopian nativity story set in Johannesburg in the year 2042 and ‘The Fall of Ganesh’ (2015) which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival where she was selected as one of forty African filmmakers to participate in the Durban Talent Campus.
Sheetal is presently in development on her first feature film ‘The Day and Night of Brahma’ and an eight part mini- series entitled the ‘Acts of Man’. Sheetal is interested in cultivating a lens that articulates contemporary African problems.