South African born Vincent Moloi, was born shortly after the turbulent Soweto uprisings in 1976. His soul calling flourished into narratives of his motherland, voicing out the calling of the nation, both in fiction and non-fiction. The innovative filmmaker has directed over 50 documentary films and about 10 television series. He received numerous awards including African Trailblazer Award at the International TV Film festival,and MIPCOM in Cannes.
His latest creation is Tjovitjo, is a drama series based on a world of hardships, dreams, problems, and hopes. It depicts everyday reality through the portrayal of dancers struggling against the system of poverty.
It offers a buffet of gripping emotions, topping the viewership charts and streaming in possibilities.
Vincent Moloi and his partner Lodi Matsetetela pitched the concept to almost every broadcaster in South Africa. All were reluctant a few years back.
Eventually, their passion drove them to fund it themselves, and they missioned to created it with their production company, Puo Pha Productions.
They then sold the series to SABC, ( South African Broadcasting Corporation), a national broadcaster in South Africa, retaining 100% copyright ownership.
An industry breakthrough of note, Puo Pha productions dominated at SAFTA’s, the (South African film and television Awards) ceremony in fiction and non-fiction
Skulls of My People, a Puo Pha Production
- Best documentary feature
- Best director
- Best Cinematographer
Tjovitjo, a Phu Pha Production
- Best actor,
- Best drama,
- Best sound design
- Best production design
- Best editing
- Best Cinematography
You can never really know it until you do it.
Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Vincent Moloi, a filmmaker making waves
Tell us what drives you?
Given the times we’re living in, we as artists with influence, have an obligation to be responsible with the tools we have. So I am intent on unearthing and telling uncomfortable stories that will hopefully build us, or at least the future generations.
What is your true passion in life?
Happiness. I always seeking happiness but it is a very slippery emotion. And my family and telling stories are two things that bring me close to happiness. In general, I really like people around me to feel good about themselves. And I always try to include that element in my stories.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
My first love was radio. Very early on in my childhood, I remember how I use to sit outside my grandmother veranda and pretend to be a radio talk show host. So I always enjoyed telling stories and sharing my opinion. Sadly I never made it as a radio host, thank God there was filmmaking.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Making people happy. I love seeing smiles on people. A smile is what all of us can have, poor and rich. You can’t just buy it.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Hahahaha…sadly I am not at that stage where I am making money yet. At the moment I am still putting money into my passion. It will come when the time is right.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I can’t remember. It is probably because I put it back into my passion as an investment. We have just produced a whole drama series with our own money. This shows how passionate we are about we doing. We are still building for now, but one day we’ll reap the rewards of all the hard work and money we put in.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
Failure is not an option. Because I can’t imagine anything else that can make me happy as what I do right now. The idea of failing terrifies me.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
A search for absolute happiness. I know it sounds so utopia but that’s what I want.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
That you can’t stop what naturally going to be.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
That they must learn to try things, do things. You can never really know it until you do it.