Director (South Africa)

Portia Rankoane is a filmmaker, poet and photographer. She has directed two films – the much-acclaimed 26 minute A Red Ribbon Around My House, part of the Steps for the Future series, about an HIV-positive mother and her daughter who have very different responses to the virus. It won the Silver Dhow Special Jury prize at the Zanzibar International Film Festival 2002, Special Mention at Fespaco 2003 and Winner Best Documentary at Zimbabwe International Film Festival. In 2003 she made The Awakening Of The Lakes, a 10 minute poetic film, shot in Switzerland as part of an Encounters exchange programme.

She has published a book of poetry, Moment of Truth, with Seriti Sa Sechaba, and an anthology of short stories, Like House On Fire, and has participated in numerous group photographic exhibitions including the 1st International Art Biennale in South Africa.


  • A Red Ribbon Around My House, 2001

  • The Awakening Of The Lakes, 2003

  • Tsietsi, my hero, 2006

  • Senzeni-Na, 2006