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This is a poignant short film about Maria, a domestic servant in the Free State who is trapped in an endless cycle of cooking, cleaning, and ironing, just like her mother. She is employed by an endlessly demanding boss.  The film’s exploration of the power relationship has relevance beyond South Africa; so historical and entrenched is the power relationship that is taken as the norm.  The symbolism of water as a cleansing and redemptive agent gives Maria an escape from her intolerable situation. The symbolism imbues the film with a poetic quality, despite the obvious injustices that abound.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    11 minutes
  • Language
    Sesotho, Afrikaans, English
  • Country
    South Africa
  • Rating
    15+ Unless accompanied by an adult
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  • Director
    Patrick Peni
  • Screenwriter
    Jane Mpholo
  • Producer
    Jane Mpholo
  • Cast
    Jane Mpholo, Beauty Molokoti, Nico Taljaard, Mosa Keketsi
  • Production Design
    Phillimon Mehlape