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We are a team of film professionals with global experience. We’re excited to share what we’ve learnt with you. We understand that many African filmmakers and producers lack the resources they need. This is why we focus on the aspect of film production that is often overlooked. We have identified key elements to improving the quality of production. Our workshops are designed to do just that. Every member of our team believes what you believe that Africa's productions can do better. We don't want to teach you everything about film production, just those essential little things.

MID MARIORE

DIRECTOR | TRAINER

Hi, Mid here; I am a filmmaker and an actor. Over the years, I directed and starred in indie films, including plays. I've come to understand the profound importance of a good performance. In African cinema, we don't pay enough attention to the trade of acting. There's a belief that actors need not train. That couldn’t be further from the truth. WENA Screen Acting wants to change this false noting. My goal is to help the young generation of African actors live up to their potential. This begins with proper training. There is no shortcut to success.

THABI LETSUNYANE

ACTOR | TRAINER

Hi, Thabi here; I am an actor. I've been in the film and TV industry for many years. Like all of the Wena Pro team, I also see great opportunities in the film industry. I believe if we take ourselves seriously enough to get the proper training required, Africa can produce great films and employ many young film professionals. After many years as an actor and working on exciting productions, I've seen what can happen when trained and passionate professionals work on a production. Passion alone is not enough. I joined Wena Pro to pass on my years of knowledge to you. The ball is in your court now. Do you want to be a professional or mediocre? You choose.

MARIA MUKUKA

ACTOR | TRAINER

Hi, Maria Mukuka here; I am an actor and educator working in Lusaka, London and New York City. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge of this industry and craft with young actors and creatives. I believe that the future is African and that it is our responsibility as African artists to share our own stories with truth, creativity and finesse. I look forward to joining the Wena Project on this exciting journey!

ANNA KUDRY

VOICE SPECIALIST | TRAINER

Hi, Anna here; I am a voice specialist in the areas of VOICE ACTING, VOCAL CONTROL, & OPEN VOICE who has taught artistic vocals for many years to students in many countries. My students have won prizes at International competitions. Vocals are a powerful part of acting. I am able to teach actors different ways to control their voices. Everyone's voice is unique. Great actors know how to use and control their voices. I joined WENA to pass on my vast knowledge. I look forward to our sessions together.

KEVIN N.

CINEMATOGRAPHER | TRAINER

Hi, Kevin here; I am Cinematographer wither 35 years of working in film, TV, and commercials. I possess an all-around knowledge of everything film. In fact, you could say I am a product specialist. I am ready to pass on my years of knowledge to Africa's next generation of film professionals. I look forward to engaging you and working to help improve your skills. I am excited to join the WENA training program.

FARAH TLHOAELE

ACTOR | TRAINER

Hi, Farah here; I am excited to work with Wena Pro on this exciting journey. I work on top shows in SA such as UMBUSO, RHYTHM CITY, ISIDINGO, BACKSTAGE, and SCANDAL. Africa needs professionally-trained screen actors able to work in the global industry. When we watch a film, the thing that makes us love the film is the actors' performance and the story. African film programs often neglect the acting and focus on camera and equipment. Let's put the focus where it belongs, SCREEN ACTING. I bring my love of acting, my long experiences, and my desire to see the next generation of African screen actors to be respected worldwide.

MANA SEBONI

FOCUS PULLER | TRAINER

Hi, Mana here; I am a professional Focus Puller with years of experience working in film and TV, mainly in South Africa and Botswana. I love what I do. I understand the importance of my job on a film set. My job is to ensure that each shot is in sharp focus. I perform my duty flawlessly so as not to make the action in the shot retaken. Focus Pulling is an essential part of making a professional film, and when people watch a film, they often don't know the diligent process that went into the filming process. That's the magic of focus pulling.

MARK CHILONGU

PARTNER

Hi, Mark here; I am an entrepreneur who has been in the creative and NGO industry for the past 25 years. I am one of the founders of AFRICA DIRECTIONS, a leading education platform for Zambian youth. I am dedicated to the advancement of African talents and development. Africa must join the rest of the world in doing things right. We must be able to make productions that can sell to the world. I am excited to join WENA ARTS in the further development of the African creative industry.

KGOMOTSO KELONEILWE

FOUNDER

Hi, Kgomotso here; I am a film producer and founder of the WENA PROJECT. Having been in the film industry for almost two decades, I bring experience and vision. I believe the next generation of African film professionals must do things right. Our films must be good enough to export to the global market, beginning with getting the proper training to produce world-class productions. The WENA PROJECT was founded because we can no longer wait, expect, and hope for change to come from the outside.