Sydelle Willow Smith was born in Johannesburg and is based in Cape Town, South Africa. She has traveled widely through the African continent as a photographer/filmmaker. Her work has been published in numerous international and South African publications, including The Guardian, Le Nouvelle Observateur, Jeau Afrique, Le Monde, The National Geographic Traveller, The Sunday Independent, RedBulletin Magazine, CityScapes, Africa is a Country, and The Sunday Times. In 2007 she studied at The Market Photo Workshop and from 2008 - 2011 The University of Cape Town. She holds a First Class Honours Degree in Social Anthropology (focusing on Visual Anthropology) with an undergraduate in Video Production focusing on Cinematography. Sydelle has worked in the film industry for Makhulu (www.makhulu.co.za) since 2009 alongside her fiance, Rowan Pybus - the director of Makhulu. A short film they worked on Amazing Grace, received 6 awards in 2013 including a United Nations Forum on Forests Award, and a Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival Award, and was selected as part of the Durban Film Mart pitching forum in 2013.

Working in various areas of Southern Africa, we have met incredible people. One of them is Lloyd Maanyina, the star of our short film, Amazing Grace, which recently won an award at the D.C. Environmental Film Festival. Lloyd is a Zambian man living in the village of Livingstone. He used to be a charcoal burner…