During my undergraduate studies at the University of Cape Town, I specialized in Film Studies and History, the former of which is my principal passion, and the latter has been a keen interest since childhood. A key concern guiding my own filmmaking efforts, as well as my own academic research, is the question of how women filmmakers might begin to re-appropriate a technology that has historically excluded them. I am particularly interested in women’s filmmaking, material culture and African history, which I am currently exploring in Masters’ research at the University of Cambridge. In my PhD research, I aim to establish costume and material culture as an effective lens through which to re-evaluate postcolonial cinema and geopolitics, and, furthermore, to combat the marginalization of African women filmmakers in contemporary film studies. My future aspiration is to contribute to a transnational community of film exhibition and curatorship. I am thrilled to be a part of the Gates Cambridge initiative, and hope that my work will encourage unique, creative approaches to cultural studies both within and beyond the Global South.