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Lettre d'amour zoulou

Lettre d'amour zoulou

A Feature film by Ramadan Suleman

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 19/04/2006


    Johannesburg is in a state of euphoria two years after the first democratic elections. Here Thandeka, a young black journalist, lives in fear of her country’s past. She’s so troubled that she can’t work, and her relationship with Mangi, her 13-year-old, profoundly deaf daughter, goes from bad to worse.
    Then, one day Me’Tau, an elderly woman, arrives at the newspaper. Ten years earlier, Thandeka witnessed the murder of Me’Tau’s daughter, Dineo, by the secret police. Me’Tau wants Thandeka to find the murderers and Dineo’s body so that the girl can be buried in accordance with tradition.
    Both women are unaware that the killers are lurking nearby. What Me’Tau couldn’t know is that Thandeka has already paid for her knowledge, for having dared stand up to the apartheid system run by the whites.
    Mangi secretly prepares a Zulu love letter, four embroidered images representing solitude, loss, hope, and love, as a final gesture towards her mother so that she won’t give up the fight.

    Actors (4)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    JBA Production

    Foreign production companies :

    Natives at Large, Hollybell

    Co-production :

    FMB2 Films

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    Full credits (9)

    Executive Producers :

    Jacques Bidou, Marianne Dumoulin

    Director of Photography :

    Manuel Teran

    Production manager :

    Carine Stander

    Editor :

    Jacques Comets

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Screenwriters :

    Ramadan Suleman, Bhekizizwe Peterson

    Sound recordists :

    Gita Cerveira, Jean Mallet, Jean-Pierre Laforce

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Laurence Granec

    Music Composer :

    Zim Ngqawana

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Sub-genre :

    Psychological drama

    Production language :

    English, Sign language

    Coproducer countries :

    France, South Africa, Germany

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, South Africa, Germany)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS