Writer, filmmaker, director (South Africa)

Francois Verster is a multiple-award winning independent documentary filmmaker based in Cape Town, South Africa.  His films generally follow “creative” observational approaches to social issues and have all won local and international awards and been broadcast around the world – these include SEA POINT DAYS (2009), THE MOTHERS’ HOUSE (2006), the Emmy-winning A LION’S TRAIL (2002), WHEN THE WAR IS OVER (2002) and PAVEMENT ARISTOCRATS (1998).  He has taught documentary directing and film studies at Columbia University, NYU, Bowdoin College, the University of Cape Town, the University of the Western Cape, City Varsity, Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking and elsewhere, and has published on documentary film in journals and anthologies.

He has appeared on various festival juries and has had eight international festival retrospectives or special focus series on his work; his films have been used in various seminars on the intersection between creative documentary and social activism.


  • Pavement Aristocrats: The Bergies of Cape Town, 1998

  • The Stoy of “Mbube”, 1999

  • The Granite War, 2000

  • Guilty, 2001

  • When the war is over, 2002

  • A lion's trail, 2002

  • The Mother's House, 2005

  • Sea Point Days, 2008