Homeland: A Song for Refugees

Homeland, A Song for Refugees is a thought-provoking documentary film that delves into the lives of refugees and their day-to-day struggles with displacement, xenophobia and the need for social cohesion. The film stars music legends, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Sipho ‘Hotstix’ Mabuse. and is based on Neill Solomon’s epic composition developed in partnerships with the Turquoise Harmony Institute.

  • Faith Isiakpere
  • Firdoze Bulbulia
  • Ayhan Cetin
  • Neil Solomon
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    59 minutes 24 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Faith Isiakpere

Faith Isiakpere

Faith Isiakpere, a distinguished director and experienced broadcaster, brings a wealth of international experience to the film and media industry. A BA graduate in Film & Television Production from West Surrey College of Art and Design, UK, Faith has worked with numerous prominent broadcasters, including Thames TV, Channel 4, Central TV, and even as a Senior Producer for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

A life member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), Faith's notable achievements include a significant series of documentaries, the pinnacle of which is a six-part special titled 'Black Britain.' This series provides a comprehensive look at the Black immigrant population in the UK.

Faith's vast portfolio includes an array of documentaries, dramas, and music videos, as well as a book on the UK Band UB40. His short film on Miriam Makeba is frequently showcased on SABC, demonstrating his longstanding influence in the industry. His collaborations include working with prominent figures such as Stevie Wonder, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, President Mandela, and the late Helen Joseph.

In addition to his production work, Faith has held board positions at the Newtown Film & Television School and the Children & Broadcasting Foundation for Africa. He also served as a member of the South African Music Promoters Association. At the Minaj Group, Faith held the position of Director of Programmes/Head of Content, overseeing a variety of platforms such as Terrestrial Television, Satellite Network, a radio station, and a Cable Television Network.

Respected for his expertise and guidance, Faith is often sought out by novice African broadcasters requiring mentorship in this specialized field. His production and direction work extends to several feature films and documentaries. Currently, he holds the position of Director at Moments Entertainment and is a co-founder of African Animation Studio (AAS).

Faith Isiakpere's broad skill set and remarkable contributions truly set him apart as a leading figure in film and media production.

Firdoze Bulbulia

Firdoze Bulbulia is a luminary in the fields of film production, directing, and training. With a rich educational background that includes an MA in African Studies from Ohio University, USA, a BA in Dramatic Arts Honours from WITS University, South Africa, and a Licentiate in Drama from Trinity College, UK, she is currently pursuing a PhD in Art, Design & Architecture.

Firdoze is renowned for her award-winning work across feature films, documentaries, animations, and theatre. She is also the host of the F-Show, an online platform for discussing contemporary and political topics with distinguished guests from across the globe.
As the chairperson of The Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA), she hosted the 5th World Summit on Media for Children in 2007 and has produced numerous multimedia productions for radio and television. Firdoze's efforts extend beyond production; she is deeply committed to creating media solutions that address the needs of women and children specifically.

Firdoze served two mandates as President of the International Centre of Films for Children and Young People - CIFEJ, and she co-founded Africa’s Best Channel (ABC), a children and youth television channel in Nigeria, and the African Animation Studio (AAS), focusing on Pan-African Animations.

Her impressive portfolio includes six feature films, various documentaries, including a Legacy Feature Documentary on Former President Nelson Mandela titled "Mandela's Africa," and a feature-length documentary "A Song for Refugees" that was showcased at Pavilion Afriques at the Cannes Film Festival 2023.
In addition to her production work, Firdoze is the Festival Director of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival and was the former Festival Director of the Zanzibar International Film Festival (2019). As an executive member of the Pan-African Film Consortium (AFC), she continues to make her mark globally, all while maintaining strong Pan-African roots.

Firdoze Bulbulia's expansive career demonstrates her dedication and exceptional talent, making her a transformative force in the world of film and media.

Add Director Biography