The Shack

THE SHACK tells the story of Buti, and his daily struggles in the immediate and greater environment in which he lives, with an especial focus on the impact of the Covid 19 pandemic.


In this densely populated South African informal settlement the daily hardships Buti encounters range from scarce income and few employment opportunities to limited access to water and sanitation to the lack of enough food.


Buti works daily, but has no income to show for that work. When the pandemic hits, he is forced to enrol for food parcels to survive.

Production Credits

Tebogo Chologi - Producer, writer, director, voice-over actor, editor, cinematographer, final mix

About the Artists

Tebogo Timothy Chologi, aka ‘Mrembola’ (1988), is an artist born and raised in the village of Magogoe Tlhabologo in Mahikeng. He has been involved in the art industry through poetry, pantsula dance, and writing/acting for theatre, television, and film since he was young. This is how his passion to produce and direct films was born, which led to him completing the National Certificate in Film and Television Production.


Before he started to produce his films, he acted in various productions including Roped, Never Say Goodbye, Tlhala Ntša, Kgaratlho, Caged, and Naphtal. He also participated as a judge for the South African Film and Television Awards. He is also a well-known tutor for filmmaking at various institutions. 


After completing his qualification, he started directing and producing zero/low-budget films, including Inmate, Mobocracy, Ghetto Situations, Lesedi, One for the Ghetto, The Shack, and Botsa Lebone (Ask the Higher Power). He also co-produced/co-directed films such as Caged, A Plight of an Ordinary Man, and Maletsatsi.


He is the proud creator of THE SHACK, which was shot during the harshest lockdown of the country at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought him a great number of awards and accolades. The short film has been screened at many national, regional, and international film festivals. It has won awards for Best Arthouse Film (2020, Kismet Film Festival, USA); Best Director Award and Audience Award (2020, uMgungundlovu Film Festival, RSA); Standard Bank Gold Ovation Award (2021, Makhanda National Film Festival, RSA); third place in Jury Award (2021, Unified Film Festival, Germany); finalist (2021, Cannes World Film Festival, France); Best Experimental Film and Best Director for Experimental Film (2022, GIMFA – Gralha International Monthly Film Festival, Brazil); Silver Award for Best Short Film – Fiction (2022, One Earth Awards, India); and Grand Prize Winner (2022, IHRR Exploring Risk Film Festival at Durham University, UK).

  • Programme type: vFringe
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration: 7 minutes 13 seconds
  • Ages: ALL AGES
June 23, 2024 00:01 - July 31, 11:59