Editorial | Dillion Phiri | 21 October, 2016
Remani Love Documentary – South Africa tour in partnership with British Council Connect ZA.
Creative Nestlings in partnership with the British Council Connect ZA presents a series of talks around filmmaking featuring British filmmaker Remani Love. Remani Love Documentary Project is an independent documentary exploring the concept of self-love, personal growth, and identity through insights from eight women of varying ages. Founded by Remani Love who wrote, directed and produced the short film.
Remani Love Documentary Project is an independent documentary exploring the concept of self-love, personal growth, and identity through insights from eight women of varying ages. Founded by Remani Love who wrote, directed and produced the short film.
After her search for self-love and longing to find relief from constantly battling with her own inner issues, she set out pursuing growth by living her best life and ultimately being the best version of herself that she could be, where she could love and fully accept herself.
Remani’s two main goals in this pursuit of self-love were to raise her self-esteem and self-awareness. She started her journey by reading self-help books, regularly reflected on her journey, journaled, yet none of these methods seemed to be helping her achieve her goals. Until one evening where she had conversations with a group of older women at a gathering.
This chance meeting impacted her so much that she wanted to recreate the space for young women like herself to connect the dots by expressing their thoughts, ideas, and experiences of their personal journeys, which saw the birth of the Remani Love Project.
Remani Love set out to share the experiences of a range of women from different backgrounds, with different stories, all being connected by every woman’s pursuit of self-love in their individual journeys as well as a defiance in the old adage of ‘just love yourself’. The project is set to encourage Remani Love and others in that you’re not alone in undertaking this beautiful yet challenging journey.
About the founder
Remani Love is a recent graduate trying to find her place in the world. She believes in the importance of taking time out to follow your creative pursuits. Remani writes mainly for the purpose of self-expression, healing, and greater self-awareness. Inspired by all women – brave or afraid, yellow or green, right or wrong, family members and strangers. Remani doesn’t think we share enough; our thoughts, true feelings, as well as our struggles. She believes that if we were a little more transparent ,the possibilities of collective and personal growth would be limitless.
She wants to see more self-affirming spaces: on TV, social media, within our communities, families and in our own minds. Her project has inspired something she wished existed; a safe space to speak her truth with people who are ready to listen.
Read the interview with Creative Nestlings here.
Remani Love will tour Cape Town and Johannesburg, where she will give talks hosted by Creative Nestlings titled: “Conversation On Film”, and engage & collaborate with local creatives. Remani will also be participating at the Redbull Amaphiko Film Festival in Johannesburg from the 28th – 30th October 2016 where she will be debuting her full documentary and sharing her experience and journey as a young filmmaker. The trailer can be found here.
On the 4th of November 2016 in Johannesburg at the J&B Hive and on the 5th of November 2016 in Cape Town at 6 Spin Street Cape Town she will participate in panel discussions around filmmaking and how technology is an enabler for connectivity but also an enabler for young filmmakers to get their stories out quicker. The talks will be hosted by our founder & current CEO dillion s. phiri. A panel of speakers to be announced who are filmmakers and storytellers in their own right will be joining the conversation in both cities.
Creative Nestlings and the British Council Connect ZA will also host a dinner for both Cape Town and Johannesburg, where Remani and local creatives who are part of the Creative Nestlings Network will intimately engage by sharing ideas and experiences around filmmaking and the creative journey.
As part of her tour, she will host live #LOVEDOC Film workshops by shooting a few episodes in both Cape Town and Johannesburg in collaboration with local creatives.
‘Self-love is one of those things that are powerful when lived out in its full truth’ – Debra
For more information on the tour contact:
dillion s. phiri
About Creative Nestlings
Creative Nestlings is an award-winning young African creative network and innovation studio that connects and nurtures young African creatives. With an ethos focused on nurturing a curious, creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial mindset they have forged strong relationships with young creatives, corporates, government agencies and regional bodies to harness the under-utilised social and economic value of creativity.
About British Council Connect ZA
British Council Connect ZA is a cultural programme developed between the UK and South Africa. Since 2013, the programme has supported cultural connections between young people aged 18-35 in the UK and South Africa with a range of art projects and use of digital platforms to build creative networks through art forms including, fashion, music, film, design and more.
Between 2014 and 2015 the programme fell under the SA-UK Seasons 2014 & 2015, a project between the British Council and the South African Department of Arts and Culture. This was a multifaceted bilateral collaboration between the two nations, with a particular focus on artistic and creative capacity building and relationship development intended to raise cultural relations between the two countries.
From 2013 to 2015, British Council Connect ZA facilitated collaborations between 150 partners and contributed to the rise of approximately 100 individual projects, which engaged around 5 000 aspiring and established practitioners and drew audiences in the region of 420 000 people.
As of 2016, British Council Connect ZA continues to develop projects, reach new and diverse audiences for the arts and stimulate innovation, while inspiring connections between SA and the UK by enabling innovative creative content, collaborations and skills exchange. We do this through linking creative communities, partners and audiences both online and offline and across disciplines.