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ZULU LOVE LETTER - RAMADAN SULEMAN
zulu love letter
south africa
a film by  RAMADAN SULEMAN film 105'
in English, Zulu, sign language - subtitled in French / in English / in Spanish / in Italian - 35mm / beta num pal 16/9 stereo / beta num pal 4/3 stereo / beta sp pal 4/3 stereo - ©photography: tucha basto
Johannesburg is in a state of euphoria two years after the first democratic elections. Here Thandeka, a young black journalist, lives in fear of her country’s past. She’s so troubled that she can’t work, and her relationship with Mangi, her 13-year-old, profoundly deaf daughter, goes from bad to worse. Then, one day Me’Tau, an elderly woman, arrives at the newspaper. Ten years earlier, Thandeka witnessed the murder of Me’Tau’s daughter, Dineo, by the secret police. Me’Tau wants Thandeka to find the
murderers and Dineo’s body so that the girl can be buried in accordance with tradition. Both women are unaware that the killers are lurking nearby. What Me’Tau couldn’t know is that Thandeka has already paid for her knowledge, for having dared stand up to the apartheid system run by the whites. Mangi secretly prepares a Zulu love letter, four embroidered images representing solitude, loss, hope, and love, as a final gesture towards her mother so that she won’t give up the fight.
director RAMADAN SULEMAN - authors RAMADAN SULEMAN, PETERSON BHEKIZIZWE - producers JACQUES BIDOU, PETERSON BHEKIZIZWE, RAMADAN SULEMAN, MARIANNE DUMOULIN - productions JBA PRODUCTION, HOLLYBELL, NATIVES AT LARGE, FMB2 FILMS, ZDF ARTE - PAMELA NOMVETE MARIMBE, MPUMI MALATSI, SOPHIE MGCINA, KURT EGELHOF - image MANUEL TERAN - sound JEAN MALLET, GITA CERVEIRA, JEAN PIERRE LAFORCE - music ZIM NGQAWANA - year of production 2004 - RPCA 107 236
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"Venise Film Festival / Official selection" (Italy 2004)
"Toronto Film festival" (Canada 2004)
"Tanit d'Argent - Carthage Film Festival" (Tunisia 2004)
"Grand Prix Festival de Mons" (Belgium 2005)
"9ème Prix de l'Inalco - Fespaco" (Burkina faso 2005)
"Best Actress for Mpumi Malatsi - Captown World Cinema Festival" (South africa 2005)
"Prix long métrage du jury au Festival Cinéma d'Afrique d'Angers" (France 2005)
"Prix spécial de l'Union Européenne - Fespaco" (Burkina faso 2005)
"Prix de la meilleure Interprétation Féminine pour Pamela Nomvete Marimbe - Fespaco" (Burkina faso 2005)
"Prix UNICEF pour la promotion des Droits de la Femme - Fespaco" (Burkina faso 2005)
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