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Setswana Proverbs

How can tradition be integrated into the modern urban landscape? In post-apartheid South Africa, street artist Ofentse Letebele endeavours to reconnect with his Tswana tribal heritage by painting traditional Setswana proverbs. By transcribing oral traditions in his invented calligraphy, Letebele revives and re-imagines his cultural heritage overlaid onto the evolving urban landscape of Cape Town.

  • Chris Grava
  • Ofentse Letebele aka King Debs
    Key Cast
  • Ofentse Letebele aka King Debs
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Music Video, Short, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Afrofuturism, Fulldome, Experimental, Street Art, Urbanism, World
  • Runtime:
    2 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 16, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    0 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
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  • Student Project:
  • "Under the Dome" (Iziko Museums of South Africa + University of Cape Town Centre for Curating the Archive)
    Cape Town
    South Africa
    November 15, 2019
    World Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Chris Grava

Chris Grava is an experimental filmmaker and the co-founder of Intsikelelo, a nonprofit with a mission to empower community-led initiatives in South Africa (www.intsikelelo.org).

His videos and fundraising campaigns have reached millions of views online and crowdfunded numerous community-led initiatives in South Africa since 2014. His work has earned a sponsorship and award from GoPro, as well as press coverage from Design Indaba, Channel24, Daily Mail, Good Morning America, Huffington Post, and Ellen DeGeneres, among others.

In 2018, his photos, videos, and virtual reality short film were featured in the exhibition "Art Beyond the Canvas" at The Container Yard in Downtown Los Angeles.

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Director Statement

I'm passionate about immersive media, co-creation, and impactful collaboration across cultures.