Kurt Orderson

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Azania Rizing Productions
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I've been working as a director&cinematographer for nine years with experience in documentary, music videos, tv news, magazine, education
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Kurt Orderson is a independent filmmaker from Cape Town, South Africa. Ordeson started his career after completing his film and television studies at Monash University, South Africa.
After completing his schooling he started working for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, producing, shooting and directing educational programmes.
His first feature length documentary, Definition of Freedom (2004), examined the role Hip Hop played during the South African struggle. The film won best documentary at the Atlanta Hip Hop Film Festival (2005) and also screened at Vancouver and Toronto Hip Hop film festivals.

He co-directed, On the trail of my father (2007) a tribute film to the late internationally renowned reggae artist, filmed in South Africa, Jamaica and London.
The Prodigal Son (2008) he directed retracing the journey and legacy of his great grandfather from Barbados. Screened at New York Afrikan film festival (2009) and the BFM London International film festival (2009)
Visibly Invisible (2008) takes a look at the Afrikan presence in Norway, premiered at Best of New York African Diaspora film festival (2010). He attended Berlinale Talent Campus (2008) in Germany, Afrikan History Week (2008) festival in Oslo, Norway.
In late 2009 he directed and shot The Pan-African Express about six young men from Morehouse College, Atlanta who visit South Africa for the first time, trying to understand the lives of people living with HIV/Aids. Funded by The Oprah Winfrey Foundation.
In 2010 he directed, The Agrarian Reform for Food Sovereignty, which asks critical questions about the lack of transformation and land reform in South Africa, post apartheid.
Cinematographer and as associate producer on, Eldorados (2011) a feature film, Winner at 32nd Durban International Film Festival 2011, Special Mention South African Feature Film.

The same year he directed The Unseen Ones, a musical documentary film centers around 27-year old Leagan Davids, aka Nico10Long, a hip hop artist and dispossessed youth from Wesbank, a post Apartheid RDP project on the Cape Flats.
Niko10long's lyrics reflect on his life experiences and the reality of injustice and social ills on the Cape Flats in poetic Afrikaans.

His most recent film Breathe Again about Derrick Orderson, a Black marginalized swimmer from Bonteheuwel on the Cape Flats who grow up in an abnormal society, despite inhumane prejudice excelled. Screened at the Encounters documentary film festival and Durban International film festival, including international film festivals as well.

His company Azania Rizing Productions endeavors to inspire young people by telling stories about Afrika and the Afrikan Diaspora at large, including teaching about Afrika's legacy in world heritage.


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