“I THINK of film-making as a calling,” says Omelga Mthiyane. The determined pursuit of her vocation has seen Mthiyane’s documentaries broadcast on national television and showcased at film festivals worldwide. Following an internship with a Johannesburg post-production company, Mthiyane was snapped up by film-maker Ingrid Gavshon. She was then selected for training by Big World Cinema at the Encounters Documentary Film Festival in Cape Town as one of several wannabe first-time film-makers, but her breakthrough came in 2003 when she successfully pitched an idea to the SABC, who were looking for young film-makers with interesting concepts for films reflecting on the first 10 years of democracy. The result was Ikhaya (Home). “It was the story of my aunt going back to the home in Bhambayi in Inanda that she was forced to leave 10 years previously. She had to leave everything and flee for her life.