Phumi is a South African writer/director based in Los Angeles. She is passionate about redeeming the African and feminine identity through cinema. She enjoys exploring the female gaze's influence on telling intimate, human stories of everyday people.
Phumi’s short films have played at international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival and Cyprus International Film Festival. Phumi’s short film, Lakutshon’ Ilanga (When The Sun Sets), is a finalist for the 2021 Student BAFTA awards and a semi-finalist for the 2021 Student Academy awards. It was also selected for the CAA Moebius 2021 Showcase. Her short film, Home, won the Best Women Short award at IndieX Film Festival 2020. Phumi's upcoming project, Why The Cattle Wait, was selected for the 2021 Berlinale Talents Durban program.
Phumi completed her MFA in Film Directing at Dodge College at Chapman University. She freelances as a strategist at Statement Films, a company that incubates African women content creators. Phumi previously worked as a junior producer at a boutique film production company in South Africa where a show she co-created was commissioned by the SABC, the national broadcaster.
Phumi uses her skills from her background in investment banking at Goldman Sachs in London and management consulting at McKinsey & Company towards film financing and strategy.