Born in Lisbon, Sara Gouveia is an award winning filmmaker and photographer. Her documentary “Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements" won the audience award for Best Feature Length Documentary Film at the Tri Continental Film Festival 2011 and screened at festivals worldwide. Sara’s short dance film “Scarlet Days” won the Jury Award for Best Film at the 5thInShadow Festival 2013 and her spec ad for Axe "Modern Man"won Second place in the Mofilm Global Axe Competition 2015.
Sara has worked as a writer, director and cinematographer in commercials, music videos, online campaigns and short documentaries for various clients such as Axe, Guinness, Amnesty International, China Central TV, University of Cape Town, Human Science and Resource Centre and Project 90x2030. Her most recent music video "Ribbon Tooth" for Card On Spokes in screening on MTV Base.
In 2016, Sara directed the short documentary “NGIYAPHILA: Spirituality and Sexuality” for Steps for the Future, launched at the 2016 Durban AIDS conference. She also directed the films “Lonmin: Put Your House In Order” in Marikana and “Hunted for their Body Parts” in Malawi for Amnesty International. She is currently in post-production with the feature documentary "The Sound of Masks", which has received the IDFA award for Most Promising Documentary during the Durban Film Mart 2014 and is funded by the IDFA Bertha Fund, the Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund and the N.F.V.F.