Screening - ZULU LOVE LETTER

ZULU LOVE LETTER

Time

Date

Location

Admission

5:30pm

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ALLIANCE FRANÇAISE

FREE

Directed by Ramadan Suleman
Producers Jacques Bidou, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Marianne Dumoulin
Country

South Africa (2004)

Running time

Language

Genre

 

45 mins

English and Zulu (English Subtitles)

Documentary

Synopsis

Opening shot: a woman is discovered passed out in her car. Next she is in an ambulance having a flashback to the time of South Africa’s State of Emergency 13 years ago, a period of maximum police repression. Third sequence: the woman, now in the hospital, assures her skeptical, deaf daughter that she will be recovered in time for her birthday. Fourth scene, she again slips into a flashback where she, a journalist accompanied by a photographer, documents a young student chased and shot by the police; her last word is Amandla! ‘the power is ours!’ This pattern of narrative interrupted by flashback continues throughout Zulu Love Letter* until finally the reporter, Thandeka Khumalo, succeeds in bringing these two narratives, the nightmare of the apartheid past and the hope of the new South Africa, together so to create a chance to move on with her life.

* A Zulu Love Letter or incuwadi yothando is a beadwork necklace.