Christmas with Granny

Director: Dumisani Phakathi
Country: South Africa
Year: 2001
Running Time: 20 min.
Language: English and Xhosa

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Madlozi goes with his grandmother to be baptized in her faith. She is adamant that Madlozi adopts the culture of his forefathers, but he stubbornly resists. Their journey by train conjures scenes of segregated South Africa, juxtaposed with the nation’s aspirations. Seen through Madlozi’s eyes, his grandmother’s traditions seem still too distant from his own future.

About the Director

Dumisani Phakathi

file29Biography: 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).