Uhuru Productions

UHURU Productions is a wholly black-owned film and television production house based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

UHURU Productions has, since it was founded in 2003, created high-quality documentary and drama productions for local and international audiences. Headed by acclaimed producer/director Rehad Desai, the company has a wealth of expertise in the production and management of current affairs programming, documentaries, drama and non-broadcast productions in South Africa and Southern Africa.

UHURU Productions focuses on, and is committed to, developing the quality of documentary and drama productions in the region so that local and particularly black filmmakers can make productions that are internationally competitive. Our aim to develop strong stories and voices can be seen through innovative and professionally crafted productions.  Uhuru is a level 3 BEE certified company, 100% black owned and 30% black female owned. UHURU has also acted as an implementing partner of the renowned Tri-Continental Film Festival since its inception in 2003.

Our Vision

We seek the type of development in the industry where the stories and voices of the historically marginalised can be heard and seen through innovative and professionally crafted productions. We hope to inspire, educate and facilitate change.

Our Mission

Uhuru was the clarion call heard throughout Africa for many decades, announcing Africa’s independence and ability to work together, which we embrace as our identity due to the strength independent production brings to the Southern African and continental audio/visual medium. Uhuru Productions is committed to the principles of non-racialism and democracy. It is further committed to the role of film and television in the formation and reflection of national identity.Consistent with this it has implemented a policy of affirmative action and black empowerment, based on potential and ability, to redress the historical imbalances and social distortions of apartheid that we see reflected in the film and TV industry.The policy has been applied in recruitment, training, management and ownership.