5 Minutes with DFA Member Mpho Mabodimo
Tell us about yourself – who are you and what do you do?
My name is Edwin D. Mabodimo Mphaga born and raised in Tafelkop, Limpopo. I am a father and I identify myself as a Poet, Photographer and a Filmmaker, I studied film and television production operations course with Limpopo Television and Film school where I specialized with video editing, but I find myself attracted to camera work more than editing.
What are you currently up to? Are there any exciting projects ongoing?
Unfortunately not at this point and I don’t want to be a cry-baby about this, but Covid19 has really impacted on most of us “Creatives” badly especially in the rural areas. However, I am excited to see how the industry organizations are helping out aspiring filmmakers during these tough times, and we are certainly taking on the opportunities and entering the competitions.
What’s your best project/work to date?
Wow! It has to be “Re Bo Mang?” it is a 24min documentary film, it follows two characters with unique stories and believes their names are the reason their lives have turned out the way it has. It has such an amazing storyline with sadness and with joy at the same time.
You know it is a beautiful feeling when you can begin to see yourself in your work, and start relating to the issues that are affecting society on a personal level. The project has been a wonderful journey for me to start forgiving my past and self, and things that are not in my control.
Who or what inspires you?
Everyone and everything inspire me but some people will make you fall in love with yourself and life. Takalani Mulaudzi who I think is an amazing parent and producer. Moloisi Mabeba who mentored me during the beginning of my career, I look up to that woman. Kagiso Lediga who I have had a chance to chat to when I was attending CTIFM&F. Rudzani Dzuguda, Thabo Mphelo, and list is endless.
When you’re not working, what do you like to do?
If I am not working then I must be running/ reading/ writing/ drinking coffee/ photography/ watching sunsets and more other things that sets my soul free.
Finally, what tips or advice could you give to other documentary creatives, just starting out or to the most experienced creatives needing a bit of encouragement?
You never lose hope because the broadcaster didn’t like your concept, but you build from there. Request a feedback, fix and try again.