Voices of Belonging und Resistance

This programme invites writers to share their cartography of becoming, how their writing empowered identity evaluations, supported the discovery of new possibilities of participation and dissent. A collaboration of the The Johannesburg Holocaust & Genocide Centre (JHGC) and the Sylt Foundation.

Dilman Dila (Uganda) meets Napo Masheane (South Africa)
Presenter: Niq Mhlongo

The post modern world is loud, multifaceted and full of new chances. Mobile connectivity builds up a bigger, more anonymous but also more engaging audience at the same time.
What does it mean for writers in this global and mobile age? How does this brave new world change their writing and their perception of their roles?
When there was a book before there are so many more options today and so many new literary forms and possibilities.
Both our guests are masters in their fields and easily change literary forms and by doing so invent new genres with experimenting and with amalgamating interdisciplinary techniques into their works. A film that feels like a visualized novel, a theatre play that is a poem, a blog that combines visual arts, poetry and music. These are some of the exciting worlds, the two writers inhabit and share with us.

Diman Dila

Dilman Dila is a Ugandan writer and film maker. 
In 2014, he was longlisted for the BBC Radio Playwriting Competition, and in 2013, he was shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Short Story Prize and long listed for the Short Story Day Africa prize. 
He was nominated for the 2008 Million Writers Awards for his short story, Homecoming. 
He first appeared in print in The Sunday Vision in 2001. His works have since featured in several literary magazines and anthologies. His most recent works include the sci-fi, Lights on Water, published in The Short Anthology, the novelette, The Terminal Move, and the romance novella, Cranes Crest at Sunset, which are available on Amazon. 
His films include the masterpiece, What Happened in Room 13 (2007), and the narrative feature, The Felistas Fable (2013), which was nominated for Best First Feature at AMAA 2014.

Napo Masheane was born in Soweto, grew up in Qwaqwa (Free State). She has a Marketing Management and Speech and Drama Diploma. She is a writer, director, producer, poet and acclaimed performer on both international and national stages.
Napo is a founding member of Feela Sista! Spoken Word Collective as well as Co-Director of Colour of the Diaspora, an international collective of black woman from the United States and South Africa.
In addition, Napo is founder of Kalaneng Arts Track, a youth theatre organization created to empower emerging artists.

Napo Masheane

Napo is the nominee of the Daimler Chrysler South African Poetry Award in 2005 and her work credits includes, studding and working with the Market Theatre, Windybrow Theatre, Grahamstown National Arts Festival, University of Johannesburg, Civic Theatre (actors Centre), South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), Fuba School of Dramatic Arts, University of California (Los Angeles), Junges Theater in Bremen/Germany, Soweto Youth Drama Society, Farnebo College in Sweden. British Council (Crossing Borders' an on-line poetry project and Power in the Voice literature project for learns who have passion in writing for performance). Presently she is the Managing Director of her own production company 'Village Gossip Productions cc'.
She has just published her poetry and essay anthology 'Caves Speak In Metaphors' Napo’s biggest success for 2007 has been for her acclaimed, provocative and humours one woman show “My Bum Is Genetic Deal with it”. 2008 saw her as party of South Africa Flare female Directors Program and directed two productions: FAT BLACK WOMEN SING.