Naserian Koikai

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Naserian Imani Koikai is a young aspiring cinematographer; born in Kenya and raised in South Africa. She has always had a passion for documenting life’s treasures behind the lens and through various mediums of expression. She aspires to create her own content merging her love for poetry, fashion, and film. Her work mainly focuses on the positive representation of African people and individuals within the Diaspora. She intends to bridge the gap that stereotypes have been centered around people of color.

Naserian completed the One-Year Programme in Cinematography for Content Creation programme in 2018.


What subject matter do you find yourself drawn to?

I am drawn to people. I enjoy capturing the true essence of their being; whether it is scripted or real life something in their performance lets you understand who they are.

Are there any phrases or quotes that could describe your approach to the medium?

Yes. I heard this in a TV series called “Scandal”. One of the characters’ dad told her that as a female “you have to work twice as hard to gain half the recognition, and that still might not be enough.” This made an impact on me.

I take my work very seriously and try to eliminate room for mistakes. But sometimes things don’t work out and when they don’t, I remind myself of a quote from Osho “respect my uniqueness and drop comparison. Relax into your being.”

What has been the most noteworthy shoot/project you have done this year?

My favourite shoot would have to be the video I shot of my friends dancing. That marked an important point in my life where I decided to no longer hold back and trust my creative instincts. Every project after has been something great for me. You can see the video below:

Who is your biggest videographic influence at the moment and how?/why?

At the moment it is Josef Adamu. His way of storytelling is beautiful because he depicts the realities of life. His work mainly focuses on people of color and, to me, that brings out the beauty we have shamed for so long.

What has been your biggest misconception about videography and content creation as a practice?

That you can pick up a camera and shoot without planning. It works for some people, but not me. Always plan ahead, it really does show in your work.

What is the most valuable thing you have learnt on the course?

To trust myself, even when I feel things aren’t going as planned. There will always be change, so allow room for it.

How has videography shifted the way that you navigate the world?

It has given me a third eye.