Cast & Crew
It is ten years since the last vestiges of apartheid's political regime were dismantled. But for Thandi, a journalist suffering from writer's block, a more profound struggle continues to rage within. Living in a nation that seems too eager to forget its past, Thandi cannot shake the gnawing sense of guilt that continues to alienate her from her own family. Her estranged thirteen-year-old daughter Mangi, who is deaf and dumb as a result of the beatings Thandi received while in police captivity during her pregnancy, remains closest to Thandi's mother and ex-husband. As communication between Thandi and Mangi breaks down, the ghosts of Thandi's past begin to surface and she must find a way to lay them to rest. Meanwhile, Mangi is hoping to knit the family back together through the traditional collage or "Zulu love letter" she painstakingly yet secretly stitches for her mother.
Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival (International Competition) November 4-14, 2004.
Shown at IFP Market/(IFFM) ("No Borders") in New York City September 15-22, 2000.
Shown at Toronto International Film Festival September 9-18, 2004.
dialogue Zulu, English and sign language, subtitled English