Berlin 2013 Preview - South African Drama 'Elelwani' (First Venda Production In Film History)

From Shadow and Act Wed Jan 16 2013, 16:09:59

The teaser doesn't reveal much (after all, it's a teaser) but there's enough here to get my attention. Titled Elelwani, this South African drama, a personal project for the South African filmmaker Ntshaveni wa Luruli, the film is said to be the very first Venda production in film history - Venda being the once self-governing quasi-independent bantusan state (a territory set aside for blacks of South Africa during apartheid). Here's s synopsis: Shot against the glorious green backdrop of the Thohoyandou area of Limpopo, Elelwani relates the story of a young woman who has to negotiate the demands and rituals of her Venda culture alongside those of her...

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