Maganthrie Pillay comes from Chatsworth, Durban descendant of Indentured Labourers, a mother who was a dressmaker and father who worked in a factory. She has worked across, theatre television, features, film festivals and film training. She became the first black woman to direct a feature film in South Africa, 34 South in 2005 (Premiered at Pan African Film Festival in LA) She has worked as Episode Director on the acclaimed reality show Imagine Afrika. Maganthrie has directed over 40 documentaries. She has been involved in activism since her youth. She produced and directed Manje!, Red Rituals, Maps of Memory original work created with women poets. She was part of WEAVE and Ink at Boiling Point the historic anthology of black women’s writing.