Tanja Sakota (previously published under the name Tanja Sakota-Kokot) is a Senior Lecturer and Head of the Film and Television Division in the Wits School of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Tanja has lectured at Wits since 1999. During this time she has also guest lectured at ARCADA Film School in Finland, International Film Academy of Bologna in Italy, Syracuse University, New York, United States of America and the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. After graduating with a BA in Dramatic Art and winning the Edgar Bold prize for the top Television student, Tanja started working in the television industry. Since joining Wits she has taught Documentary and Fiction within both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs. Her research has focused primarily on the representation of conflict in different media, including the breakup of the former Yugoslavia, 9/11, the War on Terror and the Rwandan Genocide. Currently, she is focusing on the memory of traumatic events through location, landscape and political identity.