Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a postgraduate degree in television and film production through AVEA in 2000. He runs his own film and television company, Uhuru Productions, which produces documentary and dramatic works. He is also the director of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, and is active in the self-organization of filmmakers.
His film 'Enjoy Poverty' opened the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) in 2009. Episode III: Enjoy Poverty articulates a comment on political claims of contemporary art by referring to its own strategy. The film was shown in art events and venues such as the Centre Pompidou, The Berlin Biennial, Manifesta 7, The Moscow Biennial, Tate Modern, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 19th Biennale of Sydney and several prestigious film festivals.
Sarah McCarthy’s most recent film, The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical premiered in the Real to Reel section of Toronto International Film Festival in 2010. Sarah was one of four directors featured in Morgan Spurlock’s Committed, an hour-long documentary about directors’ experiences of Toronto which premiered on AMC in October of last year. The Dark Matter of Love is Sarah's fourth documentary film.
Simon Chambers - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Simon has worked as a farmer, a ship's deckhand and with people with mental health problems. After being a youth worker for fourteen years, he turned to film making and has made Every Good Marriage Begins With Tears and Cowboys in India, both which have been enjoyed by audiences around the world.
Tony Dowmunt - Guest in 2013 when he was described as:
Tony is the Course Convenor for MA Screen Documentary at Goldsmiths, University of London. He was a Fellow in the Creative and Performing Arts, funded by the AHRC from 2003-6, doing a project investigating autobiographical documentary video diaries. He has also worked as a television Producer/Director.
Vanessa Engle - Guest in 2013 when she was described as:
Vanessa has been making films for 25 years. For the first 15 years, she made arts documentaries. For the last decade, she has been making documentaries about people and ideas. She is currently in production on her eighth three-part series for the BBC. Her last five consecutive projects have been shortlisted and/or nominated for Grierson awards.