about the film


Working Title of documentary:  Milisuthando

Country: South Africa

Budget: R4 million or USD $289 000

Company: The Good Black Project (Pty) LTD

Year: 2019

Length: 90 - 110 minutes

Project Stage: Due to begin production

Director : Milisuthando Bongela (first time director)

Producers: Marion Isaacs and Batana Vundla

Director of Photography: Motheo Moeng

Editor:  Hankyeol Lee

Genre: Personal Essay, Historical Perspective & Contemporary Politics.  

Funding Support: Sundance Institute Documentary Film Programme (2019), Chicken & Egg Accelerator Fund (2019),  Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund (2018), The National Film and Video Foundation (2015). The film won the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Prize for “Most Promising Documentary project” at the 2018 Durban International Film Festival.

Seeking: Production and Post Production funds         

Synopsis

It’s 1992 and Milisuthando is enjoying her sheltered AF childhood in “Transkei”, a dodgy ethnic homeland where, even though apartheid is raging 100 km away, she has no idea of the impending racial calamity beyond her hometown. When Transkei is suddenly dissolved at the end of apartheid, 8-year-old Milisuthando becomes a member of the first generation of black kids to attend “Whites Only” schools. Through a cast of contrary characters, we revisit the interiors of the “New South Africa”, exploring how racial prejudice and interracial bonding played out in the everyday. And why today, the kids are not all right.


Logline

In this coming-of-age story, Milisuthando– a black South African unaware of apartheid until it ended – explores how blacks and whites first lived together after 342 years of racial segregation.