'Highlands' short documentary, directed by Zandile Tisani

Zandi Tisani :: Arcade Content director


Zandi Tisani marries a strong understanding of narrative with a commitment to powerful imagery.

After specializing in screenwriting at UCT, she went on to be part of teams that won SAFTAs for TV scriptwriting in both Comedy (Those Who Can’t) and Drama (Umlilo). But she also studied photography for two years and found success as a stylist for the likes of Rolling Stone South Africa and award-winning fine artist Kudzanai Chiurai.

Zandi moved into directing with Zaki Ibrahim’s Go Widdit music video, which made OkayAfrica’s top 10 for the year. She followed this with up with the short film, Heroes, a dark comedy that explores a white community’s reaction to the first black family in their suburb post-1994. She’s also made two short Joburg-set documentaries, Highlands and Style Diary: Yeoville, which showcase the strong sense of place in all her work.

Her first campaign with Arcade, for Standard Bank, was MarkLives‘ Ad of the Week. Her upcoming web series, People You May Know, screened in competition at Series Mania in Paris and won the OneX Pitch Deal at the New York Television Festival, leading CityPress to label her “SA film’s next big thing.” Mail and Guardian included her in their 200 Young South Africans feature in 2018.