Thato won the coveted â€œEmerging Local Filmmaker Awardâ€ at the 2005 Roxbury Film Festival in Boston for her film, Donâ€™t Tell Me You Love Me. In early 2007, Thato produced her third film, The Day Of My Wedding, which was selected for broadcast on BETJâ€™s â€œBest Shortsâ€ program in November 2007. The film also won â€œ2008 Best short Film Awardâ€ at the Pan African Film Festival in Cannes, France. In 2007, Thato created and directed an international TV show, Ya Maâ€™Afrika. The show chronicles lives of African immigrants in America. Ya Maâ€™Afrika was broadcast on the DISH Satellite Network, which reaches Africa, Europe and America. Thato is currently working on two projects, An African In America and Like River, A Girl. Thato graduated with a dual degree in TV/Video Production and Marketing/Advertising Communications from Emerson College (2001). In 2004, she attained a Film Directing certificate from New York Film Academy. Thato is on the board of Women In Film/Video New England (WIFVNE), an organization that work in promoting women in film and their work.