Lebogang Rasethaba is a young South African filmmaker whose work spans a variety of subjects from snowboarding in Lesotho to Africans living in China. Lebo lived in Beijing for four years from 2007 while completing his masters degree in filmmaking, all in Chinese. He says, “Being in a place where I couldn’t be understood with my language, I learned to communicate who I was through my work.”
While there he made the short films Sino (2009) and Metro (2010), two films in an eventual trilogy addressing issues that Africans and other internationals face while living in China. Sino, about a coincidental meeting between two Africans in Beijing, was shown at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year.
Lebo’s music video work, below, includes High All The Time, the first single from 3x China DMC champion DJ Wordy and LA producer Soulspeak, Gwababa, the first video from Spoek Mathambo’s debut album and Let Them Talk, from Spoek’s latest album.
He worked with Spoek Mathambo again on a documentary, Voices of the Sun, shot in Kenya exploring the notion of ‘New Music’ as a genre through the collaboration between Spoek and Kenyan band Sauti Sol.
Find more of Lebo’s film work at www.behance.net/Lebogangrasethaba or vimeo.com/user2314482 or scroll down to watch his coverage of STR CRD 2011, and get excited for this year’s festival happening in Joburg from the 27th to the 30th of this month.