Palcy claims two film “godfathers”. Her French godfather is Francois Truffaut, who mentored her first film, Sugar Cane Alley, which won the Silver Lion at Venice and the French Cesar. Her American godfather was Robert Redford, who invited her to the Sundance Director’s Lab. Her next film, A Dry White Season, lured Marlon Brando out of retirement and was so critical of apartheid that it was banned in South Africa. It also made her the first black female director to be produced by a major Hollywood studio, an achievement that is still all-too rare.