About the film

This gentle, short film features appealing acting by Siyabonga, a twelve-year-old boy sent to his grandmother’s village while his parents sort out their marriage. Siyabonga becomes the village letter reader, connecting people with their loved ones around the country. He discovers the power of words, and cannot bring himself to cause pain to a beautiful young woman who has received bad news. Set in the magnificent Drakensburg Mountains and beautifully filmed, this tender film takes you into the heart of rural South Africa, giving you an insight into village life. The Letter Reader reminds us of the power of literacy, an important theme for our festival, which raises funds to support education in South Africa.

Director & Writer

Sibusiso Khuzwayo

Producers

Dumi Gumbi, Cati Weinek

Director of Photography

Lance Gewer

Cast

Muzi Vilakazi, Nomalanga Shabane, Thandeka Masango, Bahle Mashinini, Andile Gumbi, Sibongimpilo Sikhosana

Run Time

30 min

Rating

G

Trailer

You may also enjoy

District Six Rising from the Dust

District Six Rising from the Dust

A New Country

A New Country

Influence

Influence

Mother to Mother

Mother to Mother

For Love and Broken Bones

For Love and Broken Bones

SanDance!

SanDance!

Tess

Tess

Toorbos

Toorbos

Life is Wonderful

Life is Wonderful

Jozi Gold

Jozi Gold

Mama Africa

Mama Africa

Barakat

Barakat

Riding with Sugar

Riding with Sugar

Blindside

Blindside

Good Hope

Good Hope

Sides of a Horn

Sides of a Horn