Thembi Mokoena


“The writers incubator was an amazing opportunity and experience. I had never written a script or pitched a film or tv show before but after I participated I was very well oriented with how to plan, structure, develop and execute a pitch for a short series I had been wanting to begin working on for so long.”

Hello there! I'm originally from Pretoria and I am currently doing my final year of my undergraduate degree majoring in film & media at UCT. Growing up with a single black mother, my wishes to follow my dream of getting involved in film seemed impractical, especially when the youth are always being told that there is no money in the film industry, let alone the South African film industry. I believe that South Africa has the potential of harboring one of the greatest film industries in the world which would reflect our beautiful country. A recurring theme in all my creative endeavors is to bring a voice to the voiceless, especially the queer black youth. Having been part of the LGBTQ community since my coming out five years ago has made me prioritize authenticity in every part of my life and I hope that that can be demonstrated in my work.

South Africa is well known as an unfriendly country, especially towards women and queers. What I hope to show, through the powerful medium of film, is that queerness is okay, queerness is valid and, most importantly, that queer love can be beautiful and full of joy!

I am extremely appreciative of this opportunity to take part in this Incubator Project. You have given this shy little queer black girl from Pretoria a space where I am able to shine and express my inner creativity.

Currently working on a tv series called Yours Queerly, Sino Norman and am working through some ideas for a short film