PROLOGUE

PROJECT INFO

Working Title: Milisuthando
Country: South Africa
Budget: R5,7 million or USD $375 000
Company: The Good Black Project (Pty) LTD
Year: 2019
Length: 90 minutes
Project Stage: Production
Director: Milisuthando Bongela (first time director)
Producer: Marion Isaacs
Director of Photography: Hankyeol Lee, Motheo Moeng
Editor: Arya Lalloo, Hankyeol Lee
Genre:
Personal Essay, Race and Identity, Historical Perspective & Contemporary Politics.
Funding Support:
The Sundance Institute Documentary Fund (2019)
Chicken & Egg (Egg)celerator Fund (2019)
Field of Vision (2019)
The Whickers/Chicken & Egg Pictures Award (2019)
Hot Docs Blue Ice Fund (2018)
The National Film and Video Foundation (2015)
Seeking:
Production and post production funds, sales agent, distribution & impact partners

SYNOPSIS

It’s 1992 and Milisuthando is enjoying her sheltered childhood in “The Republic of Transkei”, an unrecognised semi-independent homeland “state” inside apartheid South Africa where even though apartheid is raging 100 km away, she has no idea of the impending racial calamity beyond her hometown. When Transkei is suddenly dissolved at the end of apartheid, 8-year-old Milisuthando becomes a member of the first generation of black kids to attend “Whites Only Model C” schools in South Africa. Through her probing, often naive journey with a cast of contrary characters, we revisit the old interiors of the “New South Africa”, exploring how racial prejudice and interracial bonding played out in the everyday. And why today, South Africa seems to be making a U-Turn towards its ugly racial past.