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by Ramadan Suleman


In Johannesburg, two years after the first democratic elections, Thandeka, a black journalist, lives in shame of her country's past, to the point of no longer being able to work and having a poor relationship with her deaf and dumb child, Mangi.
Until one day that an old woman, Me'Tau presents her diary. Ten years yearlier, Thandeka witnessed the murder of her daughter, Dinéo, by a secret police. Me'Tau wants Thandeka to help her in tracking down Dinéo's murderers and make them reveal the hiding place of her body. What these two women ignore is that she already knows the three murderers in question What Me'Tau doesn't know is that Thandeka has already paid for this story, in order to stand up against apartheid.

international title: ZULU LOVE LETTER
original title: ZULU LOVE LETTER
country: France, Saudi Arabia
year: 2006
genre: fiction
directed by: Ramadan Suleman
film run: 103'
release date: FR 19/04/2006, DE 18/05/2006
screenplay: Bhekizizwe Peterson, Ramadan Suleman
cast: Pamela Nomvete, Mpumi Malatsi, Kurt Egelhof, Connie Mfuku, Sophie Mgcina
cinematography by: Manuel Teran
film editing: Jacques Comets
art director: Patrick Dechesne, Alain-Pascal Housiaux
costumes designer: Ruy Filipe
music: Zim Ngqawana
producer: Jacques Bidou, Bhekizizwe Peterson, Marianne Dumoulin, Ramadan Suleman
production: JBA Production, Natives et Larges (SA)
distributor: Les Films du Safran, EZEF (DE)

main awards/selection

Venice 2004Horizons (selection)
Prix Spécial de l’Union EuropéennePrix de la Meilleure Interprétation Féminine pour Pamela Nomvete Marimbe
Prix UNICEF pour la promotion des Droits de la FemmeGrand Prix, Festival de Mons (BE), 2005, 9ème Prix de l'Inalco, Fespaco 2005 (Burkina Faso), Prix long métrage du Jury, Festival Cinéma d’Afrique d’Angers (FR), 2005

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