Team 2017-12-15T08:12:59+00:00

// Meet The Team

Kurt Orderson
Kurt OrdersonAward Winning Director
Kurt Orderson is an award-winning independent filmmaker from Cape Town, South Africa. Kurt started his career at the South African Broadcasting Corporation after completing his film and television studies at Monash University, South Africa. Kurt has over fifteen years of experience producing, shooting and directing documentaries, narratives, magazine shows and music videos. He is the founder of Azania Rizing Productions, a film and media company that aims to inspire young people through creative storytelling about Africa and African Diaspora. The company aims to map the influence of African legacies around the world and to facilitate international dialogue by linking local and global stories.
Najma Nuriddin
Najma NuriddinAward Winning Director
Najma Nuriddin is an award-winning filmmaker and educator who has directed her films around the globe, and in has worked in Africa, Europe and South East Asia. Since graduating from film school in 2011 at Howard University, Washington DC she founded Nsoroma Films, which is “dedicated to telling stories that are unique to the human experience from a cultural perspective.” Her short films ‘A Lovers Call’, ‘Shaw Speaks’ and ‘Brothers in Arms’ have travelled to various film festivals internationally. Najma, writes, directs, produces and edits. She currently resides between New Orleans and Cape Town.
Amílcar Patel
Amílcar PatelSenior Producer
South Africa Film And Television Award (SAFTA) nominated producer Amilcar Patel was born in Cape Town, South Africa in the politically charged 1980’s to an anti-apartheid activist family with deep socialist roots. Amílcar holds a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in film and media studies from the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and has studied Political Science and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Cape Town, both with a strong focus on social justice. She has worked in media and business since 2002, as a journalist and content buyer for South Africa’s largest independent free to air broadcaster etv and as a turnaround consultant helping businesses avoid the retrenchment of vulnerable workers. She is the senior producer and director at Azania Rizing, endeavouring to bring the voices of the marginalized to the forefront of public discourse.
Raisa Cole
Raisa ColeSenior Researcher
Raisa Cole is writer and researcher focused on systemic approaches to resilient urban planning and design. Raisa has a Master degree in International Cooperation and Urban Planning from the Technische Universiteit Darmstadt, Germany with a specialization MSc in Urbanisme, Habitat et Coopération Internationale at the University of Pierre-Mendès in France (UPMF). She has worked for the United Nations World Food Programme, The African Union, Solidaridad Southern Africa, African Institute for Community-Driven Development and Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and is our senior researcher on issues of gentrification.
Crystal Orderson
Crystal OrdersonSenior Journalist
Crystal Orderson has over 17-years work experience in media and development in Africa and South Asia having been one of the foremost journalists in post-apartheid South Africa. Crystal has been reporting on political and socio-economic issues on the African continent since 1995 across radio, television and printed media. Between 2007 and 2010, she was responsible for planning and coordinating the SABC’s West Africa office. Crystal is currently the South African correspondent for the award winning African magazine, The Africa Report and is a content producer for Al-Jazeera.
Shatho Tibone
Shatho TiboneSound Engineer
Shatho is Azania Rizing’s sound engineer and videographer based between Botswana and South Africa. He has worked across various platforms, editing, recording and mixing sound for music videos, social justice news narratives and feature length documentaries. He currently works with international social media platform Okay Africa and is making his independent documentary “I’m Khoisan, Not Coloured.”
Chris Kets
Chris KetsEditor
Chris Kets is an editor and cinematographer from Cape Town, South Africa. Chris’ latest work is a series on Cape Town’s fashion scene Mzansi Style Guide for the online publication HYPEBEAST, a documentary on the #Gqomwave scene in Durban for Boiler Room and music videos for Spoek Mathambo’s The Mountain, Akabongi DJ Lag’s Ice Drop and Dope Saint Jude’s Keep in Touch. Chris is currently working as an editor and cinematographer on Kurt Orderson’s feature-length documentary Not in My Neighbourhood and Jabu Nadia Newman’s television series The Foxy Five.
Adrian Van Wyk
Adrian Van Wyk Writer
Adrian Van Wyk is a writer from Kuilsriver, Cape Town. He has curated over 60 shows of the successful monthly InZync Poetry Sessions. Adrian acts as a workshop facilitator for the INKredible, a weekly creative writing workshop offered to young writers from the Cape Winelands region. In 2015, Adrian was nominated in the arts and culture category of the Mail & Guardian’s young South African leaders. Adrian collaborated with the Roundhouse Theatre in London performing at the Last Word Festival. In 2016 Adrian was featured in the MTV commissioned documentary titled “The People Vs The Rainbow Nation.” Adrian is currently completing his Masters in History at Stellenbosch University with a focus on the development of Hip Hop in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.