Makela Pululu Luyeye

Line about myself
Makela Pululu was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo/Kinshasa in 1965. He arrived in Cape Town as a refugee in 1998 fleeing from the ravaging war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With a fervent enthusiasm for filming, he leapt into the Filming industry as a Freelance best boy and Lighting Workshop Supervisor at MCC (Movie Camera Company) in Cape Town. Following his love and passion for Film, this ultimately resulted in Makela producing and directing his very first Documentary called "Being African" in 2002. This short documentary received positive feedback at the Zanzibar and Zimbabwe Film Festivals and the Africa Film Festival in Belgium. In 2005 Makela produced and directed a 24 minute Documentary "A Shadow of Hope'' reflecting on the plight of refugees living in South Africa. In 2007, he directed a 15 minute documentary "Amina My Daughter" which was selected to form part of the South Africa and Swedish co-production: the Ikon South Africa: Basement Bioscope series. "Amina My Daughter" was chosen to premiere at the 2007 Tri Continental Film Festival. Makela was selected to participate in the 2008 Berlinale Talent Campus. Makela's documentary proposal "Forgotten Gold" was one of the 12 chosen projects for the 2008 Berlinale Doc Station from over 3300 applicants from 120 countries. Makela was selected to receive three month documentary making course in the UK at the Made in Africa workshop during INPUT 2008 based on his proposal, Forgotten Gold. During his stay in the UK Makela directed a film for Channel 4's 3 Minute Wonders as part of the series, Foreign Correspondents. Makela recently directed a multi camera TV game show for Turbo King in Congo and produced by the PYGMA Group to be broadcast in Congo Kinshasa and Congo Brazzeville.

Being African
- Zimbabwe International Film Festival (Zimbabwe) 2003 - Zanzibar International Film Festival (Zanzibar) 2004
- Afrika Film International (Belgium)

A Shadow Of Hope
- SITHENGI International Film Festival (S.A) 2005
- Tri Continents Film Festival as World premiere. (SA & India) 2006
- Durban International Film Festival 2006
- PEACE BOAT 52nd Global voyage for where the filmmakers were invited as a guest educator (Kenya/Japan) 2006
- DITSHWANELO Human Rights Film Festival (Botswana) 2006
- The 6th APOLLO Film Festival (South Africa) 2006
- African Film Festival New York (USA) 2006
- African Film Festival (Belgium) 2006
- Zambia International Film Festival (Zambia) 2007
- Rwanda International Film Festival (Rwanda) 2007
- Ziff Zanzibar International Film Festival (Tanzania)

Amina My Daughter
Creative Documentary - 15 minute
2007 - Tri Continents Film Festival as World premiere. (SA)

Visiting The Future
Creative Documentary - 3 Min

In our Shoes
Creative Documentary - 40 Min

Silent Response
Creative Documentary - 18 Min

Forgotten Gold
Creative Documentary - Feature, 70 min
Verona Film Festival, Italy, 2011

Makela"s recent work
- Broadcast on SABC 2 as part of the Ikon South Africa: Basement Bioscope series Thomson Foundation Scholarship

3month documentary making course in the UK at the Thomson Foundation Visiting the Future

Directed short film, Visiting the Future, for Foreign Correspondents for the UK's Channel 4's 3Minute Wonders In our Shoes

Directed 40min documentary about the plight of refugees in South Africa funded and commissioned by the Human Rights Media Centre, Cape Town, South Africa Turbo King

Directed a 8camera TV Game Show for PYGMA Productions in Congo Kinshasa & Congo Brazzeville



  • Arterial network
  • Media, Sports and Entertainment Group (MSE)
  • Gens de la Caraïbe
  • Groupe 30 Afrique
  • Alliance Française VANUATU
  • Zimbabwe : Culture Fund Of Zimbabwe Trust
  • RDC : Groupe TACCEMS
  • Rwanda : Positive Production
  • Togo : Kadam Kadam
  • Niger : ONG Culture Art Humanité
  • Collectif 2004 Images
  • Africultures Burkina-Faso
  • Bénincultures / Editions Plurielles
  • Africiné
  • Afrilivres

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