The Independent African filmmaker Tresor Ilunga Mukuna X (TIM X) has a great passion for film making and the dream of changing the world by telling stories through films and awareness documentaries.
“I am a young man who grew up with the natural talent of telling stories. I remember back in primary school, my teacher would always first ask me to tell any story before starting his class to get all the students´attention. And then after school, everyone wanted me to continue my story…”
Tresor was born in Lubumbashi, DR Congo, as one of seven children and grew up in the capital Kinshasa, but he always refers to himself as a “member of the human being community”. After completing high school end of 2007, he could not study film in Kinshasa as there is no film school of quality and the private ones are too expensive, but also because of the injustice that is happening in his home country. It is dangerous for film makers to express themselves, to tell stories about the truth and to be the voice of the voiceless. So he worked very hard to be able to travel all the way from DR Congo to South Africa despite lots of challenges.
“When I arrived for the first time in South Africa as a refugee, I couldn’t speak and write proper English. I started teaching myself through reading newspapers, spending time in the library and working as a security guard in Durban. My dream of making films kept me always motivated and before I say I can´t, I always make sure, I have been trying and trying over again. I am really proud of myself as I believe that everything is possible if I put my mind to it!”
So he decided to move to Cape Town, where the opportunities of studying film in South Africa seemed the best. Even though he didn´t have the money yet to study, he was fortunate to become an intern at Visual Impact, one of Africa´s largest broadcast and film equipment rental companies – a step closer to his dream to become a film maker! Here he could gain lots of experience in the rental department, assisting with camera work for broadcasting projects and get insights into the post-production process.
His motivation: “Don´t die with your music still in you!” (Dr. Wayne Dyer, American motivational speaker and author of the book “10 Secrets of Success and Inner Peace”). “This is all I am trying to do, sing the music I am listening in me and this is making films with a message!”
My South African film maker role models: