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Santilla Chingaipe

Santilla Chingaipe

About

Santilla Chingaipe is a Zambian-born filmmaker, historian and author, whose work explores settler colonialism, slavery, and contemporary migration in Australia.

Chingaipe’s first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of African convicts, will be published in 2024, and the critically acclaimed and award-winning documentary inspired by the book, Our African Roots, is streaming on SBS On Demand.

The recipient of several awards, she was recognised at the United Nations as one of the most influential people of African descent in the world in 2019.

She is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper, and served as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations.

Chingaipe is the founder of Behind The Screens, an annual program supported by VicScreen, aimed at increasing the representation of people historically excluded from the Australian film industry.

She is a descendant of the Lamba and Namwanga peoples, who inhabit present-day Zambia and Tanzania. She is based in Melbourne.

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