Jolynn Minnaar

Jolynn Minnaar is an award-winning young South African director, cinematographer, photographer and communications strategist based in Cape Town.

Committed to telling stories that matter, 2014 saw the release of her acclaimed debut feature documentary, Unearthed, which uncovers the shale gas industry from an international perspective in order to understand whether or not countries like South Africa should pursue fracking. The film won the Green Award after its World Premiere at the prestigious Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014 as well as the Best South African Film Audience Award at the 2014 Encounters Film Festival. Glamour Magazine named Jolynn "Woman of the Year: Change Agent" for 2014 alongside inspiring female leaders such as Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela. 

Still dealing with the passing of 35mm, drive-in cinemas and mixtapes, Jolynn works to contribute to dialogue in South Africa by producing meaningful art across all media. Rarely seen without a camera or notebook in her hand, Jolynn is usually on the outside looking in, questioning or reframing the world around us to better understand where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. 

Talks by Jolynn Minnaar