Zandi Tisani

Zandi Tisani

Africa Day x Youtube
Focalistic
​Brand SA
​Why?
Spotify
African Heat
Amarula
​Share in a Little Something Something
NTS
Thula Thula
Gro Strong
Dark & Lovely
Wikipedia
iXhala
Kotex
All Nighter
Africa Day x Youtube
Focalistic
​Brand SA
​Why?
Spotify
African Heat
Amarula
​Share in a Little Something Something
NTS
Thula Thula
Gro Strong
Dark & Lovely
Wikipedia
iXhala
Kotex
All Nighter

Above all things, Zandi Tisani is a storyteller. Ask for her most direct and enduring influences and she’ll likely list as many books as films, citing the nuances of novelistic narrative as the most incisive, undeniable documents of the human condition. Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, secretly watched on sleepovers at her friend’s place while growing up in Johannesburg, deserves a mention too.

Add in experience in the rarefied worlds of fine art production, fashion and photography and you have a director who creates films equally weighted with emotion and aesthetics. This hard-to-find balance places Zandi’s films in a unique category, in which the viewer is alternately compelled by character-driven journeys and inspired by artfully integrated products. Little surprise, then, that while rapidly developing a reel studded with notable pan-African and globally relevant commercials, and developing a web series, People You May Know, acclaimed by Series Mania Paris and the New York Television Festival, Zandi has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s most prominent emerging directing talents. 

So if you need a book recommendation, a film that is simultaneously visually arresting, product focused and full of humanity, or you just want to borrow that She’s Gotta Have It VHS, then drop Zandi a line.

Above all things, Zandi Tisani is a storyteller. Ask for her most direct and enduring influences and she’ll likely list as many books as films, citing the nuances of novelistic narrative as the most incisive, undeniable documents of the human condition. Spike Lee’s She’s Gotta Have It, secretly watched on sleepovers at her friend’s place while growing up in Johannesburg, deserves a mention too.

Add in experience in the rarefied worlds of fine art production, fashion and photography and you have a director who creates films equally weighted with emotion and aesthetics. This hard-to-find balance places Zandi’s films in a unique category, in which the viewer is alternately compelled by character-driven journeys and inspired by artfully integrated products. Little surprise, then, that while rapidly developing a reel studded with notable pan-African and globally relevant commercials, and developing a web series, People You May Know, acclaimed by Series Mania Paris and the New York Television Festival, Zandi has established a reputation as one of South Africa’s most prominent emerging directing talents. 

So if you need a book recommendation, a film that is simultaneously visually arresting, product focused and full of humanity, or you just want to borrow that She’s Gotta Have It VHS, then drop Zandi a line.

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