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Valley of a Thousand Hills

This simmering same-sex romance is set in a traditional, patriarchal and rural community in beautiful Kwa-Zulu Natal. Nosipho and Thenjiwe are robust and modern women, whose passionate secret relationship will inevitably lead to conflict in such a traditional tribal and conservative context. While Nosipho is forced to marry a man, Thenjiwe is banished to stay with a sangoma or traditional healer in the belief that her “demons” will be exorcised.

Director

Bonie Sithebe

Screenwriter

Bonie Sithebe, Philani Sithebe

Producer

Bonie Sithebe, Philani Sithebe

Cast

Sibongokuhle Nkosi, Mandisa Vilakazi

Director Statement

“In South Africa, the post-apartheid constitution outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation. It was the fifth country in the world and the first in Africa to legalize same-sex marriage. Although this seems reasonable on paper, the people of South Africa are known to be far from fully accepting the LGBTQ community.” Bonie Sithebe

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