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21 Apr
Fri, Apr 21, 2023 at 8:45 pm PT
22 Apr
Sat, Apr 22 at 2:30 pm PT

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Director Milisuthando Bongela


Director Milisuthando Bongela grew up in South Africa during apartheid unaware that the country’s racist segregation policy existed. She was born in Transkei, a state formed for Black people in 1976. When apartheid ended in 1994, Transkei dissolved, leading Bongela to a reckoning with her place in society. Using striking archival and vérité footage of her family along with deeply personal interviews, Bongela bravely constructs this personal essay about what it meant to grow up in Transkei during apartheid and her continuing process of coming to terms with the aftermath. In her poetic examination of her relationships with her friends, family, and even the film’s crew, she invites us into a realm of necessary questions for which there are no easy answers.

Director Milisuthando Bongela

Johannesburg, South Africa-based Milisuthando Bongela began her career in the fashion industry before branching off into music, media, art, and film. Milisuthando marks her feature documentary directing debut.

Film Details

Language American Sign Language, English, Xhosa

Year 2023

Premiere California

Runtime 128

Country South Africa, Colombia

Director Milisuthando Bongela

Executive Producer Charlotte Cook, Jessica Devaney, Anya Rous, Brenda Robinson

Producer Marion Isaacs

Editor Hankyeol Lee

Cinematographer Hankyeol Lee

Music Neo Muyanga, Asanda “Msaki” Lusaseni

Closed Captions This film will be presented with open captions.

Audio Description Audio Descriptions are not currently confirmed and will be updated soon.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpretation American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation will be provided at this event. Please let us know if you would like to reserve a seat with optimal visibility when purchasing your ticket or by emailing ADA@sffilm.org.