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This penetrating coming-of-age personal essay on love and what it means to become human in the context of race explores the memories and experiences of Milisuthando Bongela, who grew up within apartheid without knowing it was happening until it was over.

Bongela was born to a loving middle-class Xhosa community in the Transkei — an unrecognized state that was formulated out of the separate development dream of the apartheid regime in South Africa. The Transkei was designed to raise some denizens on a diet of suggestions that they did not experience the ills of apartheid, and though it was dissolved after the fall of apartheid, it left behind bewildered memories in those who built their lives inside the regime’s sordid social experiment.

Milisuthando elucidates that apartheid was something that was done to all of us. Bongela invites the audience in as she plumbs the anatomy of race as bequeathed to us by our ancestors and explores what roles our ancestors play in how we create our personhood.

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  • Year
    2023
  • Runtime
    128 minutes
  • Language
    English, Xhosa
  • Country
    South Africa, Colombia
  • Director
    Milisuthando Bongela
  • Screenwriter
    Milisuthando Bongela
  • Producer
    Marion Isaacs
  • Executive Producer
    Jessica Devaney,Anya Rous,Charlotte Cook,Brenda Robinson
  • Co-Producer
    Viviana Gómez Echeverry,Sonia Barrera Gutiérrez
  • Cinematographer
    Hankyeol Lee
  • Editor
    Hankyeol Lee
  • Composer
    Neo Muyanga,Msaki (Asanda Lusaseni)