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Tuesday, August 8, 2017


 (Mikhail Peppas)

Dr Mikhail Peppas will give a mixed-media presentation at the DUT Courtyard Theatre titled Reflections on the Moving Image in KwaZulu-Natal.

Mikhail Peppas holds a PhD in Visual Anthropology. He is an Honorary Research Associate in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the Durban University of Technology.

He is fondly known as the ‘Sherlock Holmes of Screenwriting Chic.’ A media entrepreneur and film historian, his interests cover graphic narratives, comic book production, board games, theatre, streets as living texts, city identity and sustainable living activations.

Peppas was awarded the 2017 Simon ‘Mabhunu’ Sabela Film and Television Award for Lifetime Achievement. The spotlight shines on firsts for Africa originated by Peppas that include: a film school called the Free Film School and a community television station, Greater Durban Television (GDTV).

He is working on a book and documentary project, The History of the Moving Image in KwaZulu-Natal. The first volume focuses on the pioneering days of cinema in Natal and film-going as a social phenomenon. Topics range across filming on the Boer War battlefields to the opening in 1909 of the first dedicated cinema in Africa, The Electric Theatre, Durban.

Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Design, DUT, this will take place on August 11 from 12h00 to 15h00 in the Courtyard Theatre, Durban University of Technology, Steve Biko Road, Berea, Durban.

Refreshments will be served. Parking is available at Gate 3 on the Steve Biko Campus opposite the Courtyard Theatre. RSVP to and for more information contact 031 373 6603.