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Being Mandela / Team

Leo PhiriAn established filmmaker, Leo’s first notable work was as a Director in the acclaimed HIV/AIDS documentary ‘A Fighting Spirit’ (STEPS), a special jury prize winner at the 2002 BANFF Film Festival. The year 2001 saw Leo collaborating as co-Director with South African filmmaker Rehad Desai (“Miner’s shot Down”) in the internationally acclaimed documentary film “My land My Life”, a story that tackles the land issue in Zimbabwe commissioned by Australian broadcaster SBS.

In a career spanning over 23 years, credits as a Feature Film Assistant Director include Idrissa Ouedraogo’s “Kini and Adams”, Charles Burnett’s “Namibia- The Struggle for Liberation” and Raoul Peck’s “Lumumba”. Visit for Leo Phiri’s online resume.

Leo has become one of South Africa’s most sought-after Television Producers with producing credits for popular TV shows that include “Muvhango and ‘Isidingo” and Line Producing credits for “Uzalo and “Imbewu”. Leo is the Producer for all content under the “Being Mandela” production banner.

Soweto born, Eugene K Mametse is the Head of Sales & Sponsorships at BEING MANDELA with responsibility to drive marketing programs, corporate sponsorship and public engagement with the brand. Eugene’s greatest strengths are his creativity, strategic skills and his passion for excellence. He has worked in strategic communication positions in the corporate space. Notable is his 5 years at the public broadcaster, where he marketed key Television properties. Having been in the media, film space for over a decade, Eugene has had many career highlights including working on the 2006 Oscar Award winner SA film TSOTSI, local art favourites Carmen Ukayelitsha, Zulu Love Letter, launching the successful City of Joburg New Year Event Annual Party broadcast on SABC2, Late Night with Kgomotso and Qbase28 brand, conceptualizing the Lyric Theatre Afro Café Concerts, Pasella Nights and marketing and leading PR of Motsweding FM in the North West Province.

He holds a national film & broadcasting Diploma, a Bachelor degree, Advanced Certificate in Public Relations and currently serves as a board member of the Sindi Dlathu Foundation and is a panel advisor to the council at the National Film and Video Foundation.

He is a passionate about the business of broadcasting, communications, media and film. He is also a co-founder of Seven Colors Communications.

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