Inspiring Young Imaginations: "Izulu Lami - My Secret Sky"

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Filmed in eThekweni and based on the experiences of the city's homeless children, Izulu Lami is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption. The film incorporates excellent cinematography with a powerful message and well developed characters and appealing visual imagery, leaving the viewer with a sense of hope.

Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky) (2008) by Madoda Ncayiyana, South Africa, 96 min, age: 13+, English subtitles.
When Thembi (10) and her brother Khwezi (8) are left alone in their rural homestead after their mother's death, all they have to remember her by is the traditional Zulu mat that she hoped to enter in a craft competition in the city. The children decide to take the mat to Durban in the hope to fulfil their mother’s dream, but when they arrive in the city and meet with a gang of street kids their troubles escalate.

Izulu Lami/My Secret Sky premiered at the opening of the Durban International Film Festival.

A profoundly moving film with superb child acting.

A new star is born in Sobahle Mkhabase, the lead child star in Izulu Lami, who received the Best Actress Award at the main African Film festival in Europe, in Tarifa (Spain).

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