The Core

Take a bite into your past…

The Core is an AFDA Third Year experimental short film, written and directed by Damien Cupido and Aphiwe Gwiji, and produced by Emma Morapedi. It stars Zukhanye Tshandu, Sibusiso Khanyile and Daisy Hermus.

Follow the protagonist, Buhle as she navigates the rot of her past and find out whether she will uncover the seeds necessary for change. This film about heartbreak that takes audiences on a journey that highlights the importance of love and letting go.

The soundscape which was organically generated and recorded from scratch adds an element of rich texture to the associated visuals seen on screen. The music carries the audience through the film as it reflects the inner turmoil and feelings of the protagonist.

It was largely shot against a green screen and will have audience members questioning whether the shoot was done on location or not, due to the flawless joined execution of the cinematographers and the post-production department.
It’s a technically complex film that makes use of mixed media and stunning visual effects.

  • Ticket Price: R30.00
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration (minutes): 10 mins
  • Ages: 13+
  • Release Date: July 08, 2021 00:01 - August 31, 2021 23:59
  • Language: isiXhosa, isiZulu and Setswana

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Emma Morapedi

Retshegofaditswe Kgomo

Damien Cupido & Aphiwe Gwiji

Damien Cupido & Aphiwe Gwiji

Ryan Elsley & Ravani Naidoo

Cian Dinat

Cian Dinat

Luke Straughan & Ryan Straughan

Andile Gumbo

Damien Cupido & Emma Morapedi

Emma Morapedi & Lesego Ramokopela

Jean-Marc Mafulu

Angelique De Abreu

Luyanda Mdepa

Production Gallery

The Core Behind the Scenes



My name is Emma Morapedi and I am the producer of the 2020 AFDA Experimental Film, The Core, written and directed by Damien Cupido and Aphiwe Gwiji.

The film tells the story of overcoming hurt and choosing self love through the use of mixed medium and incredible performances by the talented cast.

The year 2020 began with many high expectations, a calendar filled with plans and an experimental film in development, little did we know at the time that a global pandemic would shift everything.

The Film was originally going to be shot in a public park which required permits, generators, portable toilets and a full security team, all of which were booked and on stand-by for production. Following an address made by the President in March declaring a national state of disaster, our plans were put on hold indefinitely.

The writers were given the opportunity to adapt the screenplay to suit the Covid-19 regulations around social distancing as well as planning for the possibility that the government’s level of lockdown at the time of production could change. A brave and bold decision was made to keep the integrity of the narrative and to rather up the technical level of filming by incorporating green screen work.

This decision needed commitment from every single department to ensure that it could be a success and after months of tight scheduling, remote meetings and many hours spent planning, we achieved what we set out to do!

Watch The Core and find out why we fought so hard to tell the same story!