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Beverley Palesa Ditsie

Besides her well-documented career as a human rights activist, Soweto-born Beverley Palesa Ditsie, is also a musician, a writer and filmmaker.

She has been working in the television industry since the age of 10 as an actress, voiceover artist and presenter. In the past 14 years Bev has worked as a Director and Series Director on variety, educational and reality television shows such as Love Life's S'CAMTO GROUND BREAKER and GLOBAL, BIG BROTHER AFRICA, ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE and all the SURVIVOR SOUTH AFRICA seasons to date.

Her award-winning documentary film, SIMON & I, co-directed and produced by Nicky Newman of See Thru Media, is a moving and personal tale that spans 10 years of South Africa’s history, and has been screened worldwide as part of the Steps for the Future documentary series.

In addition, she has directed A FAMILY AFFAIR 56 min documentary for SABC 1; THE NELSON MANDELA BIOGRAPHY (24 minutes); THE RELEASE MANDELA CAMPAIGN (24 minutes); and BEYOND POSITIVE, a series of 10 documentaries (each 24 minutes long) on people living positively with HIV, screened on SABC 3.

She has also contributed stories and columns to various publications, such as Curve and Outright magazines, focusing on Human Rights, Gender Equality and HIV/AIDS.

She is currently in research and development for a number of feature length documentary films, as well as numerous other projects. (8/14)


Simon & I
A film by Beverley Palesa Ditsie and Nicky Newman, 2002, 52 min., Color

SIMON & I is an intimate and inspiring portrait of black South African gay rights activist Simon Nkoli, who died of AIDS in 1998, and his fellow activ...



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