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« Inspiring Young Imaginations »: AfricAvenir & FNCC present « Izulu Lami – My Secret Sky » by Madoda Ncayiyana | South Africa 2008 | 97 min
At 10h00. FNCC. Entrance: N (Youth), N (Adults)

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After a successful first episode of « Inspiring Young Imaginations » with African Films for Children, AfricAvenir and the FNCC will continue in September with films specifically for the Youth (13+).

We will start with the movie « Izulu Lami » (My Secret Sky) on the 6th of September at 10:00 in the Cinema of the FNCC.


AfricAvenir & FNCC present the South African film « Izulu Lami – My Secret Sky » by Director Madoda Ncayiyana | South Africa 2008 | 97 min

« IZULU LAMI », by Director Madoda Ncayiyana, South Africa

Date: Saturday 06. September 2014,
Time: 10h00
Venue: FNCC, 118 Robert Mugabe Avenue
Entrance: N (Youth), N (Adults)




Two kids left orphans because of HIV leave their Zulu village and head to Durban. A profoundly moving film with superb child acting.
When Thembi (10) and her brother Khwezi (8) are left alone in their rural homestead after their mother’s death, all they have to remember her by is the traditional Zulu mat that she hoped to enter in a craft competition in the city. The children decide to take the mat to Durban but when they arrive in the city, their troubles escalate.
Filmed in eThekweni and based on the experiences of the city’s homeless children, Izulu Lami is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption. The film incorporates excellent cinematography with a powerful message and well developed characters and appealing visual imagery, leaving the viewer with a sense of hope.

Izulu Lami/My Secret Sky premiered at the opening of the Durban International Film Festival.

A new star is born in Sobahle Mkhabase, the lead child star in Izulu Lami, who received the Best Actress Award at the main African Film festival in Europe, in Tarifa (Spain).

This is what some of the critics had to say about the movie:

« South Africa’s answer to Slumdog Millionaire has made stars of poor children. »
– David Smith, Guardian, UK

« This Durban-grown film has caused a stir wherever it has been shown around the world. »
– Sunday Independent (Johannesburg)

 » An extraordinary work of great power… a vision of the lives of children that I cannot recall seeing in any other South African-made film. « 
– Barry Ronge, Sunday Times(Johannesburg)

« The acting is superb… a real cinematic gem. »
– The Witness (Pietermaritzburg)

 » Ticks all my boxes for a great film: it made me laugh, it made me cry, and I fell in love with the male lead, Chii-Bite (Tshepang Mohlomi). « 
– Colette Francis, SA Civil Society News