This film tells the story of Siyabonga, a 12-year-old boy from Johannesburg who is sent to a village in Kwazulu-Natal to live with his grandmother, while his parents are sorting out their marital problems. As a city boy who is not accustomed to doing household chores, Siyabonga struggles to adapt. He discovers the power of words as he reads letters that put a smile on people’s faces.
Sibusiso Khuzwayo read Thabo Mbeki’s biography, The Dream Deferred by Mark Gevisser, and he was inspired by a small story about a boy who read letters to villagers at a time in the country when it suited the regime to keep black South Africans illiterate. The result is a short film that was shot recently in a remote mountain village in the magical Drakensberg. Sibusiso graduated from Boston Media House with a diploma in television production. He was a writer on the SABC drama series, Thola (Season 2) and has directed and edited various inserts for television shows.
Sign up here to be the first one to find out when the tickets will be available.