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Maletsatsi

This art film draws on African concepts and ritual to explore the role of black African women. Through the use of visual imagery, choreographed movement, voice overs, and a recorded soundtrack, the two female cast members unpack the challenges and dynamics of keeping everything in balance in a contemporary family setting.

Told through Maletsatsi’s journey from innocent childhood, the work touches on patriarchy and gender roles, the connection between mother and daughter, and ancestors. In a dream state, she is shown moments from her life, both life-changing and difficult. It is through this, that she recognises her strength and finds healing.

  • Ticket Price: R70.00
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration (minutes): 41
  • Ages: 10
  • Release Date: June 23, 2022 00:00 - July 31, 2022 23:59
  • Language: English and Setswana

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PRODUCTION CREDITS

Screenplay by:
Tshepiso Phetlhu

Director:
Tshepiso Phetlhu

Development Team:
Tebogo Chologi
Tshepiso Phetlhu

Cast:
Selinah Diile Lebeko
Happy Emmanuela Mkhize

Choregrapher:
Tshepiso Phetlhu

MUSIC
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by:
Phenyo Nakedi at Uno Drie Vyv Records

Produced by:
Tshepiso Phetlhu

Musicians:
Woodwind instruments: Diratsagae Makhotla
Percussions: Brine Nhabe
Keyboard: Thabiso Sebesho
Vocals: Happy Mkhize

Original compositions and arrangements by:
Tshepiso Phetlhu and the musicians

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

TSHEPISO PHETLHU – Producer, Director & Screenplay Development
Born in Mahikeng, in the Republic of South Africa, Tshepiso developed the love for the arts especially the performing arts at a very young age at school. He went on to complete a one year Certificate Course in Speech & Drama at Mmabana Arts, Culture & Sports Foundation (MACSF). He then went to further his training at Moving Into Dance Mophatong (MIDM). Some of the courses included: Contemporary Dance, Afrofusion, Creative Dance, Anthropology of Dance and others. He later trained briefly under Ellington Mazibuko at (MACSF).
He holds an accredited Certificate in Arts & Culture Administration. Training under David April; programme by Cultural Development Trust in 2009. He has filled the roles of performer, teacher, choreographer, judge, project manager and administrator. Currently he is the founder of Mphamphetsa Theatre Organisation based in the rural village of Signal Hill in the North West Province. He has been involved in many projects and productions across the country. He was part of the Living Landscape Arts Project in Clanwilliam town. He also choreographed works like Pretty Faces (National Arts Festival 2010, Dance Umbrella 2009, New Dance Festival 2009, and MACUFE 2010), Hectic But Not Pointless (Dance Umbrella commission with Ntsane Mopeli, Funeka Ramorula & Mpho Molikeng 2008), Live Wire (with Styx Mokejane; National Arts Festival 2012, MACUFE 2012, PACOFS 2012), The Newspaper (Arts & Culture Trust innovation award for Catch Fire Company; Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre 2015) Black Season (with Motlatsi Khotle; Andre Huguenet Theatre PACOFS 2019, Camagu Theatre & Dance Festival 2018, Ernest Oppenheimer Theatre 2018). He was invited to contribute choreography in Moitoi (2020) directed by Mahlubi Kraai. He recently developed, choreographed and directed MALETSATSI supported by ACT │Nedbank Development Grant in Theatre for online digital platform.

TEBOGO CHOLOGI – 1 st Assistant Director & Screenplay Development
Tebogo is an artist born in Mahikeng. He started his career in dance productions and ultimately featured in Jika Majika on SABC 1. He the explored acting in different theatre productions including ROPED and as a poet on Native Land Exhibition at Mmabatho Convention Centre. He completed a National Certificate in Film & Television Production where he has written & directed and produced two films Inmate and Mobocracy. Mobocracy went on to win an award for Best Student Film in 2015.
He acted in different films including: Kgaratlho (Mzansi Magic), Tlhala Ntja (Mzansi Magic), Naphtal (Mzansi Magic). He was also involved in different projects including Caged, Plight Of An Ordinary Man, Maletsatsi. He wrote, produced and directed The Shack: Best Arthouse Film at 2020 Kismet Film Festival, United States of America, Best Director at 2020 uMgungundlovu Film Festival KZN. It went on to be selected for screening on numerous festivals locally and internationally.

TUMISANG KOKONYANE – Director of Photography, Camera & Editing
Born in Mahikeng, Tumisang is one of the best creative thinkers in the field of Film & Television Production. Highly skilled in production (Camera operation, creative directing) and post production (Editing & Visual Effects). He possesses a background of Commercial and Corporate Filmmaking and Digital Audio production. He has created a track record both nationally and Internationally including with big corporate companies such as South African Breweries (SAB) and London Business School in Europe. With that he has made it a mission to develop a culture of film and TV audiences and a Film and Television industry in his Hometown of Mahikeng in the North West Province.

SELINAH DILILE LEBEKO – Actor & Dancer
Dilile Lebeko is a versatile performer who can sing act and dance. She specializes in dance styles like contemporary dance, Chinese dance, street dance, modern Kofifi and Indigenous South African dances. She worked with arts practitioners like Ntshieng Mogoro, Martine Kobaekae, Somizi Mhlongo, to name a few.