The Inspiring Journey of Gaopie Kabe in the FilmIndustry

Between 22% and 24% of women are in the technical department and Gaopie Kabe is one
powerhouse standing as the visionary Director of Photography behind Mzansi
Magic’s acclaimed series “Lockdown,” and 1 Magic telenovela “The River. Gaopie
isn’t just rewriting stereotypes – she’s blazing a trail for a new generation of talent to
rise with unwavering confidence and boundless passion.
Her journey began humbly, as she navigated her way from a loader to the forefront
of the industry. Enchanted by the magic behind the scenes during a live recording of
the “Phat Joe Show” while still in 10th grade, Gaopie’s path was set. With
determination as her compass, she honed her skills at Boston Media House,
undeterred by the skeptics who said she wouldn’t make it far.
Despite the odds stacked against her, she emerged as a force to be reckoned with,
shattering glass ceilings and collecting accolades along the way. Her exceptional
talent has earned her prestigious awards, including “Best Cinematography in a
Television Drama” for season 2 and 4 of “Lockdown,” a South African crime series
drama television series created and directed by Mandla Ngcongwane. And season
1s telenovela titled “The River.”

Yet, beyond the glitz and glamour of the awards stage, Gaopie remains steadfast in
her mission to inspire the next generation of filmmakers. Her story serves as a
testament to the power of perseverance and the importance of representation in the
industry. Gaopie is not just a cinematographer; she’s a catalyst for change, a role
model for women challenging the status quo and reshaping narratives.

So, let’s raise a toast to Gaopie Kabe – a visionary, a trailblazer, and an unwavering
advocate for inclusivity in film. Her journey is a reminder that with grit, determination,
and a steadfast pursuit of one’s dreams, anything is possible