Durban International Film Festival 2020
Documentaries Jury

Dr Cynthia Fuchs


CYNTHIA FUCHS is a Contributing Editor for the weekly cultural studies magazine, PopMatters (she has been a writer and editor since 1999). She has also written reviews for Time to Play Magazine, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Philadelphia Citypaper,, NPR, Morphizm, Creative Loafing, and Common Sense Media. She is a frequent jurist for the Gotham Independent Film Awards. She has spoken at AFI Docs, Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC’s Cinema Club, Arlington Cultural Affairs and Arlington Arts, the Virginia Film Office at the Rosebud Independent Film Festival, the Goethe-Institut in DC, and the Washington International Jewish Film Festival. She is the creator and curator of the Visiting Filmmakers Series at Mason. Professor Fuchs has published articles on war films, documentaries, TV and sports, Brad Pitt, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Shakira, Juvenile, Jay-Z, Gollum, Prince, Madonna, Michael Jackson, and the Iraq war in media images. 

Enver Samuel

South Africa

ENVER SAMUEL has studied both practical and theoretical aspects of Film and Television both locally and abroad, in England, Australia and Germany. He has worked on numerous television productions since 1994 and various high-profile corporate videos for the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Kaiser Family Foundation, the South African Forestry Company Ltd, HSRC AIDS Report, Global Campaign for Education, National Lotteries Board, Rio Tinto amongst others as well as lecturing in Television Journalism/Production at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism and the Academy of Television and Screen Arts. He is a founding member of the Film and Publication Board and has served on the National Film & Video Foundation’s (1998 – 2014), training and bursary committee for three terms. He is a current board member for the Documentary Filmmakers Association and acts as a mentor producer for the KwaZulu Natal Film Commission. Since 1994 to present through EMS Productions, he has worked on hundreds of hours of content for TV, mainly in: reality, magazine, sport, documentary, music and talk shows. His documentary credits include Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, Indians Can’t Fly, Unsung Heroes, Someone To Blame. His documentary Indians Can’t Fly for SABC3 Docuville, 2015, was an official selection for the Durban International Film Festival (2016), The Toronto South African Film Festival (2016) and Festival Cinemas d’Afrique Lausanne (2018). Indians Can’t Fly was nominated for three South African Film & Television Awards for best director, best documentary, best editor for documentary short and won the Golden Horn for Best Achievement in Directing and Best Documentary Short (2016). He recently won a SAFTA for the follow up documentary to Indians Can’t Fly, Someone To Blame – The Ahmed Timol Inquest – for best documentary short (2019). It also won: best documentary – Zanzibar International Film Festival (2019), Jozi Film Festival – best documentary (2019). The documentary has also screened at the Vancouver South Africa Film Festival (2019), Encounters South Africa International Film Festival (2019) and was the only South African selection for INPUT Bangkok (2019). He is currently working on two documentaries: The Bomber’s Wife and Murder in Paris – Why, Dulcie September, which recently won the UCT ScreenCubator / Encounters Impact Springboard and was selected for the Durban FilmMart 2019 at the Durban International Film Festival.ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

Lesedi Oluku Moche

South Africa

LESEDI OLUKU MOCHE is a Johannesburg based film festival programmer, television producer and documentary film advisor. She finds joy in places and spaces where storytelling from Africa and its diaspora reign supreme.

Monica Rorvik

South Africa

MONICA RORVIK heads the film and media promotion division at Wesgro, which is Cape Town and Western Cape region’s Tourism Trade and Investment Promotion Agency.  She previously worked as Durban International Film Festival assistant manager and head of industry programmes, film programme curator, and has served on international juries, selection panels and market expert programmes. She is a certified African Film Commissioner.

Theresa Hill

South Africa

THERESA HILL is manager at STEPS, a media for social change non- profit organisation.  She has worked on the award-winning Steps for the Future, Why Democracy? and Why Poverty? projects over the last 20 years. She is the acquisitions manager for the free-to-view Afridocs online documentary platform. She is a Ladima Foundation board member and has participated in various film festival juries and selection panels.

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