Black People Don’t Get Depressed

Cannes Docs

Project curated by: IEFTA

Black People Don’t Get Depressed

Original title: Black People Don’t Get Depressed

Directed by: Sara Chitambo

Produced by: Cati Weinek (The Ergo Company, South Africa)

Country of production: South Africa, Nigeria, Canada

Runtime: 80'

Expected release: 2022

Production stage: In Financing

Budget: €90,000

Budget in place: 35%

1st feature: Yes

Looking for: Funding, Co-producer, Sale Agent


A filmmaker despairing for mental peace goes through the unavoidable journey of facing her depression.She speaks to others about their mental health as Africans and undergoes practices that mark ending of suffering. The characters in 3 countries have the commonality of difficult experiences, but also the desire to overcome. Images of transcendence are woven with poetry to build a rich observational film.

Director’s profile:

As a director Sara Chitambo is passionate about telling authentic, emotionally compelling stories and serious about continually mastering her craft as a filmmaker. She holds a Masters Degree in Documentary Film Production from Sussex University and has wide range of experience in television and film production.

2020 – RIFT – Short Film – Screened at Kasi 2 Kasi Queer Film Festival 2020 – Writer/Director
2019 – Present – Sara is the spokesperson for Sisters Working in Film and Television
2018 – Script Editor and Technical Advisor – MTV Shuga
2018 – Writer/Director – Short film Cecilia’s Escape
2015 – Directed and Produced the South African Segment of Reflecting Her
2014 Director/Producer- The Capacity of Cap City
2010 – 2013 – Script Editor and Social Media Manager – Intersexions TV Show
2010 – DOP and Editor on Climate Theatre

Producer’s profile:

Cati has raised finance for feature films, such ‘The Letter Reader’ (2019), ‘The Tokoloshe’ (2018) ‘Mrs Right Guy’ (2016), Vryslag (2015) and the cult classic Gog’Helen’ (2012) Career highlights include developing and producing the Oscar winner Tristan Holmes’ first feature film, “The Fragile King” (release date 2021), developing feature films with award-winning storytellers such as Zola Maseko, Pieter Grobbelaar, Stephina Zwane, and Adze Ugah; and ultimately and above all being a proud parent of two ‘born-free’ babies.