Don’t F— With Me, I have 51 Brothers and Sisters

 

Director: Dumisani Phakathi
Country: South Africa
Year: 2004
Running Time: 86 min.
Language: English and Zulu

This film is the story of Dumisani’s epic journey to find his 51 siblings and come to terms with the loss of his father as a child. Critics have compared this film to jazz music with bursts of joy and pain that allow the viewer to feel the family’s triumph over loss and longing. This film is as much the story of South Africa in search of its origins as it is Dumisani’s.

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).