An Old Wife’s Tale

Director: Dumisani Phakathi
Country:  South Africa
Year: 1999
Running Time: 26 min.
Language: English

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In this sharp comedy, Hendrik, an Afrikaner, decides to exercise his constitutional rights and enter into a polygamous marriage, like his Xhosa farmhand, Lucas. Hendrik’s dreams become reality when a recently widowed friend comes to visit, and much to his surprise, his jaded wife approves of the new arrangement.

About the Director

Dumisani Phakathi

Biography: Dumisani Phakathi, aka Malo 8, is a Soweto-born director of television, films and commercials. Phakathi has collaborated with notable media organizations BBC, Arte and TV2 Denmark. Phakathi has received additional praise including a special mention at Toronto Film Festival, a Forum Selection at Berlin Film Festival and a Best Director award at Montecatini Film Festival. Waiting for Valdez, a short film produced for MNET, garnered a great deal of support and attention early on in his career.
Some of Phakathi’s latest works include An Old Wives Tale and Don’t F!@# with Me I Have 51 Brothers and Sisters (2005).

(Sources:
– TEDxSoweto, http://www.tedxsoweto.co.za/dumisani-phakathi/
– IMDB, http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1041196/)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
An Old Wife’s Tale (2003)
Christmas with Granny (2003)
Sincerely Yours / Wa ‘N Wina (2003, 2009);
Waiting for Valdez (2005);
Don’t F*** with Me, I Have 51 Brothers and Sisters (2007).

Filmography:
An Old Wife’s Tale (1999)
Christmas with Granny (2001)
Ho era Rona (2002);
Sincerely Yours/ Wa ‘N Wina (2002);
Waiting for Valdez (2003);
Don’t F*** with Me, I Have 51 Brothers and Sisters (2005);
Nomzamo (TV series, 2006);
Jozi-H (TV series, 2006).