Two fiction films by Ramadan Suleman (South Africa). ZULU LOVE LETTER, in competition at the Venice Film Festival: to help an old lady find the killers of his daughter, a man will have to face the white machine of apartheid. FOOLS Silver Leopard at Locarno Film Festival: at Johannesburg train station, a young man finds himself facing the teacher who raped his sister.
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|Subtitles:||Français, English, Deutsch|
|Running time:||2 dvd : 105 + 90 minutes|
|Packaging:||Boitier plastique amaray|
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2 films by Ramadan Suleman (South Africa) :
ZULU LOVE LETTER
105 minutes - 2004
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
"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)
90 minutes - 1997
Charterston Township 1990. Professor Zamani is respected in the township. To be sure, he once raped one of his students but the community turned a blind eye. Zamani used to rail against the apartheid system but those days are long gone. Now he teaches South African history in the Afrikaner language and grudgingly organizes the picnic for National Day, which commemorates the Boers' massacre of the Zulu nation... When Zani, the rape victim's brother, returns from Swaziland where he won a place in school, he is determined to change everything. In the small hours, in the waiting room at Johannesburg station, he runs into Prof. Zamani, who's spent the night on the town. They travel back together to the harsh reality of the township. In due course, Zamani regains some of his pride and Zani, inevitably, loses some of his...under the gaze of the women, who never renounced their dignity.
director RAMADAN SULEMAN - authors RAMADAN SULEMAN, PETERSON BHEKIZIZWE - producer JACQUES BIDOU - productions JBA PRODUCTION, NATIVES AT LARGE, EBANO MULTIMEDIA, FRAMEWORK INTERNATIONAL, M-NET - PATRICK SHAI, DAMBISA KENTE, HLOMLA DANDALA, THEMBI SEETE, OWEN SEJAKE, VUSI KENNENE - image JACQUES BOUQUIN - sound PHILIPPE SENECHAL - music RAY PHIRI
"Léopard d’argent – Locarno Festival" (Switzerland 1997)
"Prix d’interprétation Masculine- Balafon Festival" (Italy 1997)
"Toronto Festival" (Canada 1998)
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