Nomzamo Mbatha is on her way to Washington DC

2016-11-28 22:00


Nomzama Mbatha
Nomzama Mbatha (Photo: Ground Six Productions)

Cape Town - Nomzamo Mbatha will address the African Studies Association’ 59th annual meeting on South African Film & Television in Washington DC. 

South African actress and rising star, Nomzamo "Nubian Princess" Mbatha has been invited by the department African Studies Association to address its 2000 global delegates of scholars and professionals at its 59th Annual Meeting taking place from 1-3 December 2016, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park, Washington DC, US.

Her much talked about and celebrated movie, Tell Me Sweet Something will be screened at the meeting, under the theme of; Imagining Africa At The Center.

"When one gets the incredible honour to represent, not just themselves but also the film's producers, directors and entire cast, the nerves set in. On this film I worked with one of the most selfless producers, Akin Omotoso, who imparted that it was never just about his vision, it was a collective effort of all involved. To address a room filled with American and African based filmmakers whose passion, the growth of African films, is in line with my passion for authentic telling & portrayal of our African stories," said Nomzamo. 

Over the past eight months, Miss Mbatha had the honour to be the ambassador for the recently hosted Joburg Film Festival - through which she has travelled to film festivals across the globe, engaging not only the Joburg Film Festival, but the acting industry in South Africa.

"When I took on the role to be the ambassador for Joburg Film Festival, I never imagined I would soon be on this journey. The experience gained from it will come to good use as I prepare to address the African Studies Association's Annual Meeting - the largest gathering of African scholars and professionals. My focus in my address is not to stand as Nomzamo Mbatha the actress, but I will be speaking and representing all South African actors and film professionals, who I hope to make proud."

What is the African Studies Association (ASA)?
ASA was formed in Chicago more than half a century ago, and has since relentlessly confronted, engaged and resisted tropes of Africa and Africans. Its progress has been aided and abetted by Africanist social media, public intellectuals, artists and writers.