‘I’m NOT going to wait for people to give me permission about where I need to be, says director Mmabatho Montsho on what motivates her in th cut-throat film industry.
“It sounds airy-fairy but I feel like my success is between me and my God, and so once I’ve decided I’m going to do something then if you don’t like it, I will find another way to do it. You’ve got to tell yourself that as a black woman in this industry,” she said.
Montsho has switched the front of the camera for behind the scene work. She was South Africa’s darling when she was on Rhythm City and playing the role of Lumka on Generations but of late she has not been seen on the small screen due to her work behind the scenes.
The transition has not been without its challenges. The industry is still male-dominated, but Montsho intends to kick down some doors in the filmmaking space until having a black female director is normal.
“We wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for the other women insisting to be in that space.
“So we’ve got to insist on being here and do that so it’s normal for the next generation. It’s normal to have a black female director,” added the 35 year old.