Jacob Cloete is a filmmaker, photographer and writer. Born and raised in a small town called Bitterfontein in South Africa, Jacob developed his love for writing and film. He bought his first camera while he was a South African Defence Force soldier in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), and since then never looked back.
He attended the University of the Western Cape (UWC) where he graduated with his PhD in Political Science. His work feeds into a growing global scholarship on the politics of belonging, which is reflected in South Africa’s xenophobic response and Europe’s anti-immigration and anti-refugee policies.
After attending a documentary film course in 2017 at the Centre for Humanities Research (CHR), he decided to pursue filmmaking fulltime. Jacob directed and produced his first documentary film “Bittersoet”, and it is available on YouTube. Currently, he is working on several documentary films that will be available soon.

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