Angela Matemotja was born in the former Soviet Union to a South African father and Russian mother, but was raised in Los Angeles. As a graduate of The American Academy of Dramatic Arts she came to filmmkaing by way of acting and working in the theater. Her directorial debut led to an NAACP Theater Nomination for the stage play Sunshine For a Midnight Weary, soon after she started writing, then became inspired to direct a film.
Her first two short films received accolades like Best LGBTQ film and The Grand Jury Award at The White Sands Las Cruces International Festival. Elevate, her first feature which she also wrote and directed acquired distribution with Gravitas Ventures.
Her mission as a filmmaker is to explore the social, sub cultural and international aspects of our world by encouraging dialogue for acceptance and compassion. Our world is in crisis and she believes art can heal.www.matemotja.com