The Mothers’ House

Director: François Verster
Country: South Africa
Year: 2005
Running Time: 90 min.
Language: Afrikaans and English

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The Mothers’ House tells the story of a young girl, Miche Moses – a charming and precocious, yet very troubled teenager as she learns to make sense of the world around her and of the cycle of physical and emotional violence within her highly conflicted Cape Flats household.

About the Director

François Verster

Biography: François Verster, a South African director, has been working successfully in film for the last 10 years, winning several international prizes. Verster was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa, on February 12, 1969. Verster has a wide background in writing, music, academia and film. After studying in Cape Town he worked with Barenholtz Productions in New York and on the crew of various independent features. In 1998 Verster formed Undercurrent Film and Television, a Cape Town-based company that aims to produce quality documentary programs for local as well as international markets. Its projects deal primarily with human issues, and take innovative (and usually character-led) approaches to social and historical concerns.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
A Lion’s Trail (2004);
The Mother’s House (2006).

Filmography:
Pavement Aristocrats (1998);
The Story of “Mbube” (1999);
The Man who would kill Kitchener (1999);
The Granite War (2000);
Guilty (2001);
A Lion’s Trail (2002);
When the War is Over (2002);
The Mother’s House (2005);
Sea Point Days (2008).