ZULU LOVE LETTER

SOUTH AFRICA

a film by RAMADAN SULEMAN

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.

FESTIVALS

VENISE – SELECTION OFFICIELLE (Italy 2004)
FESTIVAL DE TORONTO (Canada 2004)
TANIT D’ARGENT – FESTIVAL DE CARTHAGE (Tunisia 2004)
GRAND PRIX DU FESTIVAL DE MONS (Belgium 2005)
9EME PRIX DE L’INALCO – FESPACO (Burkina faso 2005)
BEST ACTRESS FOR MPUMI MALATSI – CAPETOWN WORLD CINEMA FESTIVAL (South Africa 2005)
PRIX LONG METRAGE DU JURY AU FESTIVAL CINEMA D’AFRIQUE D’ANGERS (France 2005)
PRIX SPECIAL DE L’UNION EUROPEENNE – FESPACO (Burkina faso 2005)
PRIX DE LA MEILLEURE INTERPRETATION FEMININE 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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HOW TO GET THE FILM

INTERNATIONAL SALES
FTD (France télévision distribution)
Le Barjac 1 boulevard Victor, 75015, Paris, France • tel : + 33 (1) 56 22 90 40
SALES FRANCE
JBA Production
16 rue Sainte Marthe 75010, Paris, France • tel : +33(0)1 48 04 84 60
DISTRIBUTION commercial and not commercial
JBA Production
DVD family use
JBA EDITION (distribué par Agence C3- Les Films du Paradoxe) • 16 rue Sainte Marthe, 75010, Paris, FRANCE • tel : + 33 (1) 48 04 84 60
institutional use
Adav
41 rue des Envierges, 75020, Paris, FRANCE • tel : +33(0)1 43 49 10 02
VOD
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LETTER OF AGREEMENT FOR FESTIVALS AND DISTRIBUTION

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EXCERPTS

CREDIT

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
cast 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
all rights reserved

LANGUAGES

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

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