Bongani Mlambo, aka Bongaj, is a Zimbabwean and South African cinematographer / director of photography & filmmaker based in Texas obsessed with telling visually creative and compelling stories and exploring the world.
Bongani’s work has been praised for it’s “stunning artistry” and draws from influences such as Roger Deakins, Emmanuel Lubezki, Hoyt Van Hoytema, Rodrigo Prieto, and legends, Gordon Willis, Christopher Doyle, and Jordan Cronenweth. His most notable projects include “All Creatures” directed by Collin Schiffli, starring David Dastmalchian (The Dark Knight, Prisoners) and Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, Dr. Who, Jumanji); “Three Days In August” directed by Johnathan Brownlee; “Upstream Color” directed by Shane Carruth; and “Woodshock” starring Kirsten Dunst.
Bongani got his start as a camera assistant on indie features, short films, music videos, subsequently adding commercials to his repertoire, but narrative filmmaking holds his heart. In the future, Bongani wants to excel as a director and producer and continue his growth as a cinematographer, adding his name to the list of master artists.
Beyond his artistic pursuits, Bongani loves to dance, drum, and ponder on social issues and the meaning of life. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and talents and plans to establish an arts & film school in Zimbabwe, inspiring and helping the next generation of Africans to pursue their dreams in the visual and performing arts.
Arri Alexa Mini (w/Open Gate, 4:3, Arriraw, batteries, cards, shoulder rig, et al)
Leica-R Set (19mm f2.8, 24mm f2.8, 35mm f2, 50mm f2, 90mm f2.8, 135mm f2.8)
Ready Rig, Backstage Camera Cart, Atomos Shogun, Hazer, et cetera
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