Jabu Nadia Newman, is a young filmmaker and photographer who deftly explores a range of subject matter, from the provocative to the pop culture-esque, with emotion and humour.
Through her bold and colourful visuals, Jabu captures ‘alternative’ stories unique to South African youth culture, that are relevant to the here and now.
As a university student, Jabu independently wrote and directed The Foxy Five, a web series that celebrates intersectional feminism through the antics of an empowered fictional girl gang. This creative hustle developed not only her career as a director, but also brought to light debates around sexism, feminism, racism, and inequality.
Her honest narratives encourage the characters in her films to be active participants in the storytelling, to tell their own stories, in their own way. Each project – whether it is an exhibition, branded content, music video, or commercial – is an exciting opportunity for disruptive creative collaboration.
Jabu is inspired to bring her conscious aesthetic to commercial filmmaking, championing equal representation both in front of and behind the camera.
This distinct approach to her work earned her Ciclope Africa awards as well as The Young Director’s Award this year.