Nadine Cloete

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Nadine Angel Cloete is an independent filmmaker from Cape Town, South Africa. Her work focuses on themes of identity and history. Nadine’s work has screened on national and international broadcasting platforms, online platforms, and global film festivals.

Her documentary Miseducation premiered on the New York Times Op-Doc site and IDFA. It was created as part of the Why Poverty documentary series and looks at a very simple but complex walk to school. Nadine’s short documentary In Conversation screened as part of the Social Justice Film Festival, Seattle USA. It discusses access to safe abortion.

Action Kommandant is Nadine’s first feature documentary. This film has travelled across Africa, Europe, and USA. It won the Audience Award at the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival. It won Best Documentary at Africa in Motion, 2016. It was nominated for Best Documentary at the BlackStar Film Festival, USA, and a SAFTA nomination for Best Achievement in Directing a Documentary Feature. Action Kommandant has screened at many schools throughout the Western Cape and now finds its place on the online Showmax platform. Action Kommandant tells the story of liberation hero, Ashley Kriel.

In 2019 Nadine branched out into fiction directing and Address Unknown is her first professional endeavour in this genre. Address Unknown premiered at the BlackStar Film Festival, USA and won the Audience Choice Award at the Durban International Film Festival. Address Unknown won the 2021 SAFTA for Best Short Film. The film places focus back on the apartheid-era forced removals in District 6.

In 2019 Nadine received a Certificate of Appreciation from the African Union Youth Envoy. Nadine was also part of the 2019 and 2020 Queer Feminist Film Festival planning committee. Nadine’s short fiction film called Net Ons (Just Us) premiered as part of the Silwerskermfees in March 2022 and was nominated as best Southern African short film at the SOTAMBE film festival. Nadine has gone on to produce and direct The Last Speaker in 2022. This documentary was created as part of the Africa Direct series for Al Jazeera. The documentary follows Claudia Snyman and her grandmother, Queen Ouma Katrina Esau as they work on popularizing they dying N/uu language. Nadine is currently the Production and Development Non-Fiction Manager at the National Film and Video Foundation.


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