Kurt Orderson

Kurt Orderson is an award-winning filmmaker from Cape Town, South Africa. He has directed eleven feature-length documentary films shot between five continents and more than 20 shorts. His films serve as a creative pedagogy by making use of historical, archival, political, and transnational solidarity traditions. His work explores unknown stories, asking critical questions to create new narratives in impermanent settings. In 2009 Kurt founded Azania Rizing Productions, an award-winning production company consisting of a collective of filmmakers and activists, creating film and media content that facilitates unity, solidarity, forms new alliances, and stimulates public discourse. Azania Rizing aspires to tell stories about Afrika, the Afrikan Diaspora, and Afrika s legacy in world heritage to revive political consciousness, honoring our struggle foremothers and fathers. Previously, Kurt worked for six years at the South African Broadcasting Corporation and several other international production companies. His work has featured on a broad spectrum of outlets, including Al Jazeera, ESPN, ZDF Germany, MTV Africa, Amazon Prime, TRT-Turkey, and HULU. 'Not in My Neighourhood,' his most recent film, has screened at over 27 film festivals and won the Audience Award at Encounters International Film Festival, Best Documentary at the HBO American Black and Jury Award (Outstanding Film) at the African International Film Festival. Kurt is the recipient of the Arrighi Center for Global Studies Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. At present, he s currently in early pre-productions with his upcoming magical realism feature narrative titled 'ApeTown.'