Weaam Williams, is a Muslim woman screen-writer, director and poet. She has found her voice as a woman and activist using cinema. She is the owner of Tribal Alchemy Productions, a Cape Town based, independent production company.
“Weaam Williams can be described through her work as a storyteller
with a conscience,”
– (City Press).
She, is a multi-disciplinary artist who works with poetry, music and film. Her directorial debut, Hip-Hop Revolution, had its international Premiere at Silverdocs in 2007. It won the Best
Edited Film Award at NYC Reel Sisters Film Festival in 2008, and has been broadcast in 28 countries.
Watch the Trailer for “Hip Hop Revolution”
In 2009-2013 she undertook an independent filmmaking project titled “A Khoe Story Docu-Trilogy”. It is a three part documentary series about the language, genocide and remaining culture
of South Africa’s indigenous people.
Weaam undertook her latest film, District Six Rising from the Dust in 2013 after moving into District Six, with her cinematographer husband, Nafia Kocks. The move and film simultaneously
awoken an understanding of inter-gnerational pain and dispossession. This film won an Award of Excellence from the Scandinavian International Film Festival, and was the Special Mention at
CTIFMF for Best SA Documentary. District Six Rising from the Dust is funded by the National
Film and Video Foundation (SA) and the Foundation for Human Rights (SA).
Watch the Trailer for “District Six: Raising From the Dust”
She is a member of the Film Fatales, a New York based organisation which represents women feature film directors. Her most recent project “Two Hues” is a short narrative film, for which she is the screenplay writer and director. She worked closely with esteemed script-editor Julie Hall on this project. This film looks at the ambigious identity of Muslim women living in a western context, and the duality of patriachy.
Watch the Trailer for “Two Hues”
Weaam recently screened a work in progress documentary “The Rise” at the Doc Corner in Cannes, which is another documentary project in the pipeline.
“As an activist I will always have a passion for documetary because of its ability to mobilise change, however, I am channeling my creative energy to do more conceptual work in the fiction narrative genre of film, as my foundations in filmmaking
is as a screen writer.”
Advice for Aspiring Film Makers:
- Accountability, open lines of communication and honesty are important
- Apply for as many grants as you can
- Maintain a good reputation in the industry
- Remain dedicated to your craft
- You need to have tenacity to get films done
- The film industry is about collaboration and getting people to invest in your vision, not just about getting funding. Click To Tweet
Links and Resources
Weaam’s Production Company Tribal Alchemy: http://tribalalchemy.co.za/
National Film and Video Foundation: https://www.nfvf.co.za/
Weaam on social media:
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