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Zulu Love Letter
Zulu Love Letter
It is ten years since the last vestiges of apartheid's political regime were dismantled. For the average South African, the notion of struggle has been all too quickly relegated to the question of which cellular network is better than the next. But for Thandi (Pamela Nomvete Marimbe), a journalist suffering from writer's block, a more profound struggle continues to rage within. Living in a nation that seems too eager to forget its past, Thandi cannot shake the gnawing sense of guilt that continues to alienate her from her own family. Her estranged thirteen-year-old daughter Mangi, who is deaf and dumb as a result of the beatings Thandi received while in police captivity during her pregnancy, remains closest to Thandi's mother and ex-husband. Thandi's colleague Mike was killed after they were both imprisoned by the police for witnessing the murder of a young female activist named Dineo, and the images of Dineo's clenched fist, Mike's gruesome death and her own torture still haunt her.

As frustration mounts and communication between Thandi and Mangi breaks down, the ghosts begin to surface. When Dineo's mother appears, asking for Thandi's help in locating her daughter's body so that she can lay it to rest, Thandi must revisit her own past in order to bury it at last. Meanwhile, Mangi is hoping to knit the family back together through the traditional collage or "Zulu love letter" she painstakingly - and secretly - stitches for her mother.
 
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