- Meja has worked in Hollywood and she knows what it takes to make it that big
- Staying true to her homeland, Meja believes Mzansi has what it takes to make it big
- The key to success is staying true to your roots; Meja believes African content is our key
Mzansi-born director Meja Shoba believes that the South African film industry has what it takes to contend with Hollywood.
Meja has worked on big international projects as well as small local ones. Her experience in the world of film and entertainment is untouchable.
Briefly.co.za learnt that the talented director trusts that if Mzansi sticks to producing African content, its industry will flourish.
Talking to TshisaLIVE, Meja explained that the key to success in the film industry is sticking to what is true to you, which in this case is good old African content.
“There is such a demand for African content and stories but there is sometimes a pressure to not be yourself so that you can fit in and make it [in Hollywood]. I think you just need to be true to yourself and believe in your story.”
Meja is doing her bit to spark the rise of African content in Mzansi. She is currently working on a film which tells the story of a township girl who becomes an air hostess.
This film is based on African content but also has a storyline that can be related to on an international level. Meja says that films like these are what is going to take the SA film industry to the next level.
“The problem is that a lot of stories from SA are historical or biographical. Our stories are unique but we also need to tell stories about everyday experiences that people can relate to. Those are the kinds of stories that audiences in America and SA have in common.”
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