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Writer, Filmmaker, Historian & MC


Santilla Chingaipe is a writer, filmmaker, and historian.

She is the writer, producer, and presenter of the acclaimed SBS documentary Our African Roots, which won several awards, including Best Documentary (single) at the AIDC Awards; Our African Roots marks the first-time on Australian television that an African-Australian journalist and author has interrogated the nation’s colonial history.

She has written and directed several documentary films and series for the ABC including Third Culture Kids, and more recently, the documentary short The Pizzicato Effect.

Current Work:

Santilla is currently developing her narrative feature film debut, being produced by acclaimed Australian filmmaker, Robert Connolly.

Santilla’s nonfiction book, Black Convicts: How slavery shaped colonised Australia, is forthcoming with Scribner Australia.
The recipient of several awards, she was recognised at the United Nations as one of the world's most influential people of African descent in 2019.

Santilla is the founder of Behind The Screens, an annual program supported by Film Victoria, aimed at increasing the representation of people historically excluded from the Australian film industry.

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