People are frequently displaced from their homes and property during significant political crises, armed conflicts and large scale human rights violations. Bernadette Atuahene is an expert in how new democracies can deal with the current consequences of past displacements. She is a property law professor at Chicago-Kent School of Law with a JD from Yale and a Masters from Harvard who has published numerous law review articles and several newspaper opinion editorials on the topic. She recently spent 9 months in South Africa on a Council on Foreign Relations Fellowship working with the Land Restitution Commission to conduct a study where she interviewed over 150 people whose families were displaced from their homes and property by the Apartheid government and who were compensated under the new democracy. The American Bar Foundation is providing support for Professor Atuahene to write a book based on this research. Professor Atuahene is also the President of DISC.
Rodney Moyilwa, Cameraman
Mr. Moyilwa is originally from a village called Bapong in the North West region of South Africa, but now resides in Meadowlands, Soweto. His interest in film started when he was in high school after he went to a career expo, but sadly his mother could not afford to pay for Film & TV school after he graduated from high school, so he decided to look for work. In 2003 he got a job as a “coffee boy” for films and commercials and was exposed to different productions, music videos, dramas and features. In July 2004 he left the catering company and joined an art department where he did the lighting for DJ Cleo’s music video. In 2005 and 2006 he freelanced as a props stand-by. Finally, in 2007 he enrolled with Big Fish School of Digital filmmaking where he studied camera and editing (final cut pro). In 2008 he attended the Multi-choice film talent incubator for six months then worked at Tint Post Productions and Ochre Moving Pictures.
Themba is South African and studied Film and TV production at Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking in South Africa; he studied camera and lighting at City Varsity in South Africa; and received a National Diploma in Public Relations at UNISA in South Africa. He kick started his career at Tswelopele Productions working on Top Billing, which is a magazine show, then he went on to do freelance work on documentaries, music shows, short films, talk shows, and corporate and music videos. His experience includes working as cameraman, soundmixer, sound recorder, director and editor. Themba has worked on television broadcast shows including Ses’khona, Afro Café, Jam Sandwich, Music Lounge, Sivelaphi Siyaphi (a documentary film), Joyous Hour on One Gospel, The Kalenga Touch on Africa Magic and covering live concerts that include the South African Music Awards and Miss South Africa. You can reach Themba at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joe has been working with video since he was 15 years old, growing up in the northern suburbs of Chicago. He received his degree in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University in 2005, and has been working as a freelance editor in Chicago ever since. Joe has edited at several different post production facilities in Chicago, working on projects that include commercials, corporate videos, independent short films, and television pilots. As someone who also produces and directs his own projects, he was very excited about the opportunity to work on a piece with such tangible meaning.
Caitlin J. Holtzman, Editor
Caitlin J Holtzman is a freelance film maker and a digital media marketing consultant. Recently, she produced a short documentary about a Chicago high school football player, which was shown at the Talking Pictures Film Festival. Caitlin graduated from Northwestern University, receiving her masters in Journalism with a focus in public affairs reporting and documentary filmmaking. As a journalism student, she was awarded the White House Correspondence Scholarship. She attended The Pennsylvania State University where she earned a bachelor of arts in print journalism and a bachelor of science in marketing. Caitlin lived briefly in Beijing, China where she wrote for China Daily as an environmental business reporter. She studied land redistribution policies in South Africa when she traveled there in 2008. At Penn State, Caitlin ran fundraising efforts for the student organization Project Haiti, traveling there three times.
Board of Directors
Dr. Sonya Anderson has been in the field of education since she graduated from Yale University in 1992. As part of the Mississippi Teacher Corps, Dr. Anderson spent two years teaching in rural Mississippi where she taught high school French and history. After her time as a teacher, she served as a Program Associate with the Ford Foundation in New York City where she supported grant making in the fields of service learning, higher education reform, and international studies. Following her tenure at the Ford Foundation, Dr. Anderson worked as a Senior Associate at Creative Associates International in Washington, DC where she co-directed the implementation of education development projects in West Africa and the Caribbean. Dr. Anderson then went on to join the Oprah Winfrey Foundation as the Education Program Director, where she oversaw the development of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and managed the Foundation’s other domestic and international education projects. Dr. Anderson is currently with the Ounce of Prevention Fund, a non-profit advocacy organization that works to implement programs and policies that support high quality early childhood services for at-risk children.
Dr. Nicole Norfles is currently consulting with Norfles and Associates, LLC. She previously served as the Education Program Officer with the Oprah Winfrey Foundation where she was involved with supporting education program initiatives in South Africa and worked with the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. Prior to that role, she served as a Policy Consultant with Casey Family Programs where she focused on issues affecting youth and children in foster care. However, a large portion of her policy experience in Washington, DC was as Special Assistant to the President of the Council for Opportunity in Education and Fellow in the PELL INSTITUTE for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education where she advanced research on issues surrounding educational opportunity for low-income and first-generation potential college students as exemplified in the Pell Institute’s Lumina Retention Study. More specifically, Dr. Norfles’ research focused on the expansion of educational opportunity for low-income and first-generation college students both nationally and internationally to include undergraduate and graduate college persistence issues, technology use and access, student financial aid and general indicators of educational opportunity. Dr. Norfles has co-taught a South Africa study abroad course with Michigan State University and courses in educational foundations, leadership and supervision while at the George Washington University. She has presented on numerous national and international conferences, as well as authored various reports and publications. Dr. Norfles received her doctorate in Higher Education Administration in 2002 from The George Washington University in Washington, D. C.