MASK (2021)


A mask allows the interior to form an artistic expression and covers-up reality through a progressive constitution. What a mask achieves is a liberation for the artist to express their uniqueness and fulfil the non-binary elements of being. What a mask covers-up, nestles within the socio-political, where the progression of policy, fails to police the harsh realities that affect the South African LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) community. A mask, therefore, in its many facets, is a tool to conceal the cracks of society, and a tool, to liberate the fragmented pieces of an artist. 

The Black Sheep Twelfth Instalment is a film that captures the nuances of the mask that shapes the many facets of artist Umlilo, while investigating its ability to conceal the socio-political circumstances of the LGBTQI community in relation to the gender neutral reform of South Africa’s I.D (Identification Document) Document.

Programmes Specialist at the Media Advocacy Organisation, Iranti, Sibusiso Khewsa, applies analysis on the basis of this gender neutral reform, stipulating 1) The constitutional change will limit the power of gender gatekeepers, 2) there is a contradiction between the constitution and LGBTQI reality and 3) to reduce violence against LGBTQI, parliament must process the hate crimes bill.

Avant-garde Musician, Performer and Entrepreneur, Umlilo, adds in-depth commentary that situates a blending between their experiences as a musician, and non-binary person within South Africa. The artist discusses their family up-bringing, identifying as non-binary, make-up as a means of highlighting their feminine and masculine traits, lays insight into the distinction between the constitution versus reality, and expresses the progression of masks that situate form Siya Is Your Anarchist to their eventual transformation as Umlilo or the Fire

The Black Sheep Twelfth Installment Mask (2021)

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Production Credits

Director / Cristina Karrer

 Producer and Coordinator / A.L.V

Head Journalist / Cristina Karrer

Interviewers / Cristina Karrer amd A.L.V

Cinematographer and Camera Operator / Cristina Karrer

Editor / A.L.V

Sound Engineering and Design / A.L.V

Analysis / Sibusiso Kheswa 

Commentary /

Siya Umlilo Ngcobo

Distributor / The Black Sheep Consortium

The Black Sheep Consortium:

Black Sheep /

Instagram / blacksheepjournalism

Facebook / @Blacksheepconsortium

Members and Co-Founders

Cristina Karrer /

Antoinette Mokgohloa /

A.L.V /





Directed by: Jasyn Howes

Edited by: Jasyn Howes

Cinematographer: Nicolas vd Westhuizen

Makeup: Charli JV


Umlilo – MAGIC MAN

Directed and Edited by: Jasyn Howes

Director of Photography: Nicolas vd Westhuizen

Visuals: Danielle Clough aka Fiance Knowles

Costume and Styling: Art Mataruse

Make-up art: Charli JVR 

Featuring: Sheldon Michaels and Alex Alfaro

Location: Old Cotton Mills, Epping.



Song Produced by Cutting Gems

Performers: Umlilo, Kopano Maroga

Writer, Producer, Director and Editor: Odendaal Esterhuyse

DOP and Colourist: Deon Van Zyl

Executive Producer: A.L.V Corp

Production Assistant: Melissa Kathleen Pentz

Make-Up Artist: Charl JVR

Wardrobe: Art B. Mataruse

Choreography: Robert Haxton

Featured Extras: Darion Adams

Amy Ernst

Art B. Mataruse



Directed by: Tlhonepho Thobejane

Director of Photography: Christian Denslow

Styling: Art Mataruse

Lighting and Photography: Mads Norgaard

Edited by: Lukas Kuhne

Assistant Editor: Sisanda Msimango

Production Assistant: Zandile Mjekula

Umlilo costume design: Maxinne Friesnieg

Makeup: Charli JVR and Liandi Ahlers

Location: Triplane Studios



Director: Kyla Phil 

Cinematography and DOP:

Rob Wisniewski 

Sebastian Lemke

Hennie Le Roux

Editor: Nic van Der Westhuizen

Colour and Grading: Barbara Still

Animator: Niaal Rixon

Styling and art direction: Lauren Rose

Styling and Photography: Jody Brand

Logistics & Production Co-ordination: Maak Los Projects

Production: Umlilo SA, Kyla Phil, Mike Laws



Song written and Produced by Umlilo 

Executive Producer: ALV Corp 

Writer, Director, DOP and Editor: Odendaal Esterhuyse 

#FEESMUSTFALL footage: Shaun Swingler / Chronicle 

Assistant Concept Developer: Thakirah Allie

Camera Assistants: Smangaliso Tshabalala & Mahlatse Ramogale



Umlilo’s – ALLUTA




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