Mothiba Grace Bapela

The protagonist of One Take Grace (2021), South African Mothiba Grace Bapela, who is also the screenwriter of the film, recounts her life story with a combination of documentation and interpretation. Bapela, an active actress, was given the honorary moniker “one take Grace” by local filmmakers and collaborators due to her professionalism.

Mothiba Grace Bapela’s bright personality and the experimental filmmaking choices in One Take Grace enliven the story of a disadvantaged black woman’s decades of struggle in the South African society. In DocPoint’s Q&A, Bapela discusses the film, presented in the festival’s International Competition, with her collaborator, the film’s director Lindiwe Matshikiza.