One Take Grace
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    One Take Grace

    Directed by

    South Africa


    90 min

    • Sepedi
    • English


    Portrait of full-time domestic worker and part-time actor, Mothiba Grace Bapela as she moves through the two seemingly contradictory worlds she occupies, each with their own created and/or projected identities that interface with the private and the personal self.


    • Outstanding Artistic Contribution - IDFA



    Breeze Yoko
    Lindiwe Matshikiza
    Sifiso Khanyile
    Mothiba Grace Bapela
    Zen Marie
    Mandlakazi Zilwa
    Mothiba Grace Bapela
    Karabo Sathekge
    Mothiba Grace Bapela
    Zen Marie
    Khalis Shamis
    João Orecchia


    At nearly every turn Matshikiza and her collaborators deploy fresh and surprising stylistic devices to convey Bapela’s experience

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    Lindiwe Matshikiza

    Lindiwe Matshikiza

    South Africa

    I focus on long, slow, gentle processes of art-making in which the collaborators manifest real world desires.

    Lindiwe Matshikiza is a Johannesburg-based multidirectional artist with a background in theatre-making and a special focus on performance, writing, directing and intuition. Her projects are largely process-driven, collaborative, often take on more than one form over time, and she has worked with a wide range of artists across various kinds of practice in Africa and the rest of the world. In recent years, Lindiwe has been a fellow of The Camargo Foundation (France), Vila Sul (Brazil) and Institute for Creative Arts (SA). She is co-founder of Motherbox: Organisation for Cooperation in the Arts together with artists, João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and Mmakgosi Kgabi. Her last film as an actor was the irreverent Film Festival Film (directed by Mpumelelo Mcata and Perivi Katjavivi) in which she conspired with the directors and crew to play a fictional character amidst real industry players at a prominent South African film festival. She extended this work by reprising her role and staging a controversial performance intervention at the film’s premiere at the Berlinale in 2019. Her first film as a director, ONE TAKE GRACE (2021), was a creative documentary made in collaboration with Mothiba Grace Bapela over ten years, for which they won the Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution at IDFA.