Join us for a conversation with Justine du Toit and Michael Raimondo, filmmakers who have created the wonderful and inspiring short films that comprise their 'Reflections of Life' project.

About this event

Join us for a conversation with Justine du Toit and Michael Raimondo, filmmakers who have created the wonderful and inspiring short films that comprise their ‘Reflections of Life’ project. They say that ‘Reflections of Life’ is far more than a name – it is a resonant call to explore the depths of our shared humanity. The films highlight the boundless beauty inherent in the human experience. We’ve all had the experience where we are pulled into a beautiful and surprising conversation with a wise stranger – one that leaves an impact for days and weeks. These beautifully rendered short films do just that. They are a reminder of the power of community, founded on individual resilience, creativity, commitment and courage. 

As one of the film subjects says, “everything is beautiful, if you can see it in the right light.” Visit the Reflections of Life website to that idea permeating what Justine and Michael are creating – described as:

  • Drawn from a wide swath of cultural history and place, the subjects of each film reflect on their lives, sharing their stories and observations with the viewers.
  • These are intricate, personal stories about what it means to be human. 
  • The creation of a sense of connection, by seeing similarities in one’s own life, reflected in the experiences of other people who live in very different circumstances.
  • And through the lens of the camera, we seek to capture reflections, light, and shadows. 
  • Through watching each film, you the viewer are guided to reflect on your own experiences.

Justine du Toit and Michael Raimondo

South African filmmakers Justine du Toit and Michael Raimondo (previously known as ‘Green Renaissance’) are on a journey to explore our shared humanity. Together, they hold an unwavering belief in the impact of storytelling to create connections, and to nurture empathy and understanding. They use their passion for filmmaking and their love of storytelling, to remind our audience of one simple truth – that we are all human – inside our hearts and minds, we all face similar challenges. They believe that no matter who we are, regardless of our ethnicity and opportunities in life, we all experience joy and sorrow, love, and loss. And, we have much to learn from each other, and our connections run so much deeper and stronger than we think.  They hold that the more that we understand and believe in this interconnectedness, the more we will treat ourselves, one another, and planet earth with a greater sense of compassion.