Cape Town World Cinema Festival

In Competition

Feature Films


Zulu Love Letter

English/Zulu 100min South Africa/France 2004
Directed by Ramadan Suleman
A keen and insightful psychological drama, Zulu Love Letter presents the desperate and emotional journey of two mothers searching for their daughters.

Tormented by the haunting images and unrelenting grief of the past, single mother and journalist, Thandi has difficulty communicating with her estranged daughter, Mangi. Thirteen-year old Mangi is deaf and dumb due to the beating that the pregnant Thandi received at the same time that her friends, Mike and Dineo, were murdered by an Apartheid hit squad.

Mike and Dineo’s fate pursues her, especially when Dineo’s mother appears requesting that Thandi testify before the Truth and Reconciliation commission. This emotional engrossing, yet refreshing, visual gift explores the final agony of healing from the intimate perspective of women and mothers.

Courtesy of Ster Kinekor

Pamela Nomvete, Mpumi Malatsi, Sophie Mgelna, Kurt Egelhof, Connie Mfuku

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