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 award-winning short films have played at top international film festivals including Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival, Pan African Film Festival, and Cyprus International Film Festival. She received an award for Best Women Short for her project, 'Home', from IndieX Film Festival.
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.