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I am Chuma

I am Chuma explores the story of how a young black woman, (having experienced numerous gender-based violence incidents) studying at a business college in Cape Town found herself homeless and living rough on a park bench for 3 years.
35 year-old Chuma Somdaka is a disabled, lesbian, isiXhosa woman, who unexpectedly finds her calling as an artist when to survive, she responds to an inner voice and embarks on an empowering journey of awakening and healing, but meets new societal challenges in her yearning to be truly seen and remain connected to her inspired state.

I am Chuma film poster

Film Credits


Wendy Spinks, Clea Mallinson

WENDY SPINKS is a creator, writer and director. As the founder of Zeropoint Studios since 2010, Wendy acts in her role as a development executive /creative producer and content strategist, for the TV, digital and animation film industry in the entertainment sector.

A true polymath, with a background in human behaviour, advertising, fine arts and fashion, Wendy creates and develops content for global IP and sustainable brands aimed at multi-platforms including linear and nonlinear broadcast, VR, digital, online and social media. Wendy is responsible for creating, writing or finding and developing ideas, concepts and stories that will make successful TV Series, short films or transmedia campaigns to include games, VR and web.

Part of her primary role is to find new talent and cultivate creative relationships with many people in the global industry and attend international animation industry related Markets and Festivals. Wendy is currently developing two VR projects as well as a feature-length animated hybrid documentary to co-write and co-direct as part of Zeropoint 528's impact projects. Wendy is the author and co-scriptwriter and co-director on Zeropoint528's global transmedia campaign project; Mumue, having been a winner at DISCOP 17 and Finalist in Annecy/ MifaPitches 2018.

CLEA MALLINSON - CO-DIRECTOR is a writer, director and editor who loves to explore themes of self-expression, connection and environmental consciousness.

She has over ten years editing experience and has worked in reality TV, documentary, fiction and animation. She graduated from UCT with an Honours in Film and Media studies and has an MA in Screenwriting from the University of Ireland, Galway.


Wendy Spinks - Writer
Wendy Spinks - Producer
Craig Damster - Sound Design
Clea Mallinson - Editor
Pascale Neuschafer - Cinematography
Muse and Doodle - Animation
Lo-Ghost - Music

Key Cast

Chuma Somdaka - “Chuma”


Genré: Experimental
Runtime: 7 minutes 35 seconds
Country of Origin: South Africa

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