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Advik Beni is a South African born artist and filmmaker based in Los Angeles, California. He received his Bachelors at the University of Cape Town and then graduated from California Institute of the Arts with an MFA in Film Directing. Through the use of non-hierarchical, hybrid modes of filmmaking, he collectively creates imagined spaces for peoples on the fringes to express grief and trauma. His work aims to preserve a cultural tradition eclipsed by Western modes of storytelling.

He is the founder of the sadarts foundation, a non-profit which aims—through the arts—to increase accessibility and raise awareness for mental health issues within marginalised South African communities. His work has shown at San Sebastián International Film Festival, Uppsala International Short Film Festival, Encounters Film Festival, Joburg Fringe Art, Parallel Vienna, Untitled Art Miami, and the Edinburgh International Film Festival amongst others. He also received the Sundance Ignite Fellowship in 2022 and is a finalist for The One Club for Creativity's COLORFUL 2023 .