Johnpheko Maphakela’s love for film and television is bundled up with a heartfelt desire to share it with others. Strong ties to his community underpin the work of Blouberg Cinema, an initiative Maphakela cofounded with friends in 2020. Through this mobile, open-air and drive-through cinema experience, he and his acolytes are making South African films available to audiences across Limpopo.
Maphakela wishes to create opportunities for local filmmakers and to promote film as an agent of development and change. Working his way up the industry ladder, Maphakela says he came to the realisation that he was no longer making films to make money, but rather trying to make money so that he could make more films. Previously, the University of Johannesburg graduate worked as a camera operator before progressing to editing various television shows for the SABC, e.tv, Mzansi Magic and Showmax.
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