Buhle became a bin cleaner in his township but his passion was always film, he promised that he would get a cinema for his community and has finally succeeded!
Buhle Sithela started cleaning bins as part of a project, he continued the business when he dropped out of university because of lack of funding.
Refusing to give up on his dreams he applied for an internship in the film industry. Buhle became a Sun Ambassador for Khayelitsha. The Sunshine Cinema’s helped him realise his passion for getting cinema into the townships.
“Film has always been one of my biggest passions., but I hate the fact that there are little to no cinemas in the townships. So I decided to start my own screenings.”
He started using solar power to put movies on for the community. The Red Bull Amaphiko Academy recognised him for his entrepreneurial spirit and initiative to screen movies in his community using solar power.
“I’ve always wanted to screen films and thought it would be a good thing to do in my community especially since there were no cinemas in Khayelitsha. Cinema can educate by sharing content that celebrates local heroes in the communities most affected by their stories.” – Buhle Sithela
Buhle believes that South Africans should be more creative about their futures especially because of the lack of education. He hopes that by offering cinema to his community that he will be able to help them grow as cinema is a vessel for education.
His biggest dream is to host an open air cinema.
“I just hope it grows big enough to sustain my passion for cinema. I have this dream of hosting a huge open air screening at Lookout Hill in Khayelitsha. Slowly but surely, I’m getting there.”