documentary filmmaker and cinematographer

Karin Slater

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Karin Slater’s deep interest in nature has led her to documenting the lives of interesting people and wilderness areas across the globe over the last 30 years of working as a documentary filmmaker and cinematographer.

She’s raised two leopards and lived with a lioness, cheetahs and tigers while making wildlife documentaries.

Her films have screened at Sundance, Berlinale, Hot Docs, Museum of Modern Art in New York and she has won numerous awards including the Trailblazer Award for innovative and creative work in the field of documentaries at Mipdoc, Cannes 2008 and at the New York Film and Television Awards in 2016.

She has been commissioned by National Geographic, Animal Planet, BBC and Al Jazeera. She’s also a published photographer and teacher of documentary film. She has also been honoured as a lifetime member of the Academy and judge of the Oscars.

Work experience

2000 - 2021

Independent  Producer  /  Director  /  Cinematographer  working  on  a  variety  of Local & International Documentaries (* see Directed Documentary List) for Discovery Channel, HBO, BBC, BOS, SABC, Animal Planet, Disney Documentaries have been selected to be screened at Sundance, Berlinale, Hot Docs, MOMA New York and numerous International Film Festivals

2001

Started production company Durga Shakti Films / In De Light

1993 - 2000

Worked on Wildlife & Cultural Documentaries for LONDOLOZI  PRODUCTIONS as: Producer / Director / Cinematographer / Editor / Researcher Sound Recordist / Stills Photographer / Animal Handler

1998

Started a production company, OUT OF A SUITCASE, making adventure documentaries for National Geographic

1993

Worked as a freelance Camerawoman

1992

Worked as Camerawoman / Editor for Prestige Video Productions Israel

1990 - 1991

Camerawoman / Editor for TV commercials, documentaries and educational

programmes for CTV, Namibia

30 years of documentary filmmaking and cinematography

Education and Awards

2016

2020

Invited as a lifetime member of The Academy and judge of the Oscars

2018

Sisters of the Wilderness, eligible for an Oscar Award after winning the

Best SA Documentary Award at Durban International Film Festival 2018.

Also won Best Feature Documentary Award at the International Innovative Film Festival, Switzerland 2019, Audience Award at VSAFF, Vancouver and had a special screening at Wildscreen, Bristol, 2018

2016

Kenya’s Water Women nominated for the New York Film & Television Award in the Best Social Documentary Award

2008

MIPDOC Trailblazer 2008 Award, Cannes

(One in five documentary filmmakers selected from around the world for doing innovative and creative work in the field of documentaries)

Best South African Documentary 50 Years! Of Love?

Apollo Film Festival 2008

2003-2004

Documentary Directors ‘Post Grad’ – Binger Institute (Amsterdam) / SABC

The Meaning of the Buffalo Sundance Film Festival, MoMA, Berlinale

2001

Kodak Cinematographers workshop

4 Avanti Awards for Direction, Script, Music and Narration on Animal Powers

1988-1990

National Diploma in Television Production  – Technikon Natal

Awarded Best Student Director 1989

Additional subjects :   Photography, Music

Invited as a lifetime member of The Academy and judge of the Oscars

Filmography of Director and Cinematography credits

The Lion Queen                  
90’ / 2021 / Disney / Plimsoll Productions

Sisters of the Wilderness
90’ / 2018 / One Nature London / In De light

Chimp Man of Mahale
29’ / 2019 / In De Light / CGTN

Defender of the Sacred Sites
2019 / In De Light / CGTN

The Unlikely Birdman
29’ / 2019 / Fireworx / CGTN

Climbing the Ladder
35’ / 2016 / Big World Cinema /Just Films

Brazil: One in Three
24’ / 2015 / Big World Cinema /Al Jazeera

Kenya’s Water Women
24’ / 2015 / Big World Cinema/ Al Jazeera

Table for Two
10’ / 2014 / In De Light / Encounters Film Lab

The Grass is the Blanket
26’ / 2013 / In De Light / Steps

An intersection
26’ / 2011 / In De Light / Steps

India : Live and Let Live
26’ / 2009 / Durga Shakti Films /African Rennaissance

Through Different Eyes
26’ / 2009 / Durga Shakti Films /African Rennaissance

Laxmi’s Blessings
26’ / 2008 / Durga Shakti Films /African Rennaissance

50 Years! Of Love?
86’/52’ 2008 / Durga Shakti Films

10 Trillion Cells in Flux
3’ / 2007 / Durga Shakti Films / Encounters Film Lab

Buddha in Zululand
30’ / 2006 / Durga Shakti Films / BOS

Finding Grace
5’ / 2006 / Durga Shakti Films / BBC

Prenessa & the Dolphins
24’ / 2006 / Durga Shakti Films / Mafisa Media

Riemvasmaak
24’ / 2006 / Durga Shakti Films / Mafisa Media

From Nkoko…with Love
48’ / 2005 / Durga Shakti Films

Meaning of the Buffalo
61’ / 2004 / Durga Shakti Films / Mafisa Media

Roads to Restitution
52’ / 2003 / Durga Shakti Films / Mafisa Media / IUCN

The Hidden Landscape
10’ / 2002 / Durga Shakti Films

Amagugu
40’ / 2002 / Mafisa Media /IUCN

Scars
26’ / 2002 / Durga Shakti Films

Animal Powers
52’ / 2001 / Londolozi Productions / National Geographic

The Tracker
52’ / 2000 / Londolozi Productions / National Geographic

30 years of documentary filmmaking and cinematography