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
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
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.
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.