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Santilla Chingaipe


Santilla Chingaipe is a journalist, filmmaker and author, whose work explores colonialism, slavery, and post-colonial migration in Australia. Chingaipe’s first book of non-fiction detailing the untold stories of African convicts, is forthcoming, and the critically acclaimed documentary inspired by the book, Our African Roots, is streaming on SBS.

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

She is a regular contributor to The Saturday Paper, and serves as a member of the Federal Government’s Advisory Group on Australia-Africa Relations. Chingaipe is an Honorary Associate with Museums Victoria.

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