Xoliswa Sithole | Filmmaker

The Way to Make a Film | Tell the story that you want to watch.

Xoliswa Sithole


Responding To Life Issues Through Film | I make documentaries from a space of response. I respond to a situation, and I say, “No, I need to tell that story.” The issue of corrective rape, it was a response… to what was happening to black women living in townships in this country.


What Drives Me | is a passion for justice. Politically I’m a socialist and I believe that in this world we should collectively work to try and create a more egalitarian society.


Changing the World Together | It has only ever been a small group of committed people that have actually ever changed the world. If we don’t collectively become active, put our heads on the line, give something, do something with our lives, Africa is going to be a perpetual mess.


Breaking from the Patriarchy | Who needs judgment, you know? That’s very important. For women especially. Because we live in a patriarchal society. And patriarchy is there to put women in their place. That’s what it’s there for.


Providing Education | The education system is so bad for poor people and it’s not getting better… a child’s most crucial time is zero to five so if you don’t harness a child’s potential… you are not harnessing the country’s wealth, the country’s human resources, the country’s future leadership.

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Shining Your Light | I spend a lot of time in the negative, but I’m actually an eternal optimist. Because I know that I am phenomenal, I was made in God’s image, and I was born to shine. When you shine your light, you are giving other people permission to do the same.


Finding God in People | If you choose in life to see God in everybody, you will find God in that person. I’m a person who really believes that it’s society that’s actually determining how the human being turns out, so I think we are all creations of God, so if you find the god in somebody, the person will respond to that.


Inner Wealth | I have never been driven by money. I’ve always been driven by something bigger. And maybe it’s because I know that I am a very, very wealthy person. I just know that I am an incredibly wealthy person, and my sense of self-worth has never been determined by an address or a car… I was given an incredible sense of self growing up. And, I’ve never been motivated by money… Do what you love doing. The rest will follow. And don’t chase after money; don’t chase it. The money will come.


Follow Your Bliss | because that bliss will give you courage to take the road less travelled, to walk into the unknown and still stand your ground. Because that bliss will give you your faith, because faith is about saying this is what I want to do, I have no idea where it’s going to take me, but I know it feels right…


Examine Your Intentions | Its very important that every time you want to do something, examine your intention. Intention is very important. It’s why you want to do what you want to do.

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Take Action | Wallflowers never change history.


Dance Like No One’s Watching | When I’m in the shop, old as I am, when there’s a nice song playing, I just start dancing. I don’t care. Even when I’m pushing a trolley. And also, one of the things that I do; I talk to myself a lot. But as I get older, I’m not shy, even when people catch me speaking to myself.