The story is about a young couple about to be parents, who inherit a house from a deceased grandmother. It is while searching through this house that the couple makes a discovery that will not only change the course of both their lives, but will provide answers to questions from generations before. The film was created in the space of 48 hours and stars Legend Manqele, Thulani Mthethwa, Mbali Ndala, Dineo Lusenga and Phuti Nakene. The story is a period piece that tells of a story about love and family, fused with tragedy, passion and hope.
Having won the 2011 trophy for Best African film in the International 48 Hour Film Project, ‘Child’ has travelled to The Cannes Film Festival and was selected as one of the 14 top international films screened this year. The film was nominated at the Taos Shortz Film Festival in New Mexico and was up against 96 other films from across the globe. The 48 Hour Film Project began in Johannesburg in 2010 and allows aspiring, wannabe and professional filmmakers the chance to write, shoot, edit and score a film in… 48 hours! Crazy, I know, but so much fun indeed! Each team is given a genre, a prop, and a line for dialogue to be somehow included in the short film, a specific character is also supposed to be included in each film.
I watched the 7 minute film a few times, not only because I’m just such a sucker for love stories, but because I found this one to be so beautiful, so sad, and yet so full of hope. The film was superbly shot! I found the tall brother very good looking, the actresses were beautiful, costumes were on point, and the father, played by Legend Manqele, didn’t have that much to say, yet his acting skills and expressions did it for me and I applaud him for a job well done. Having tried a dismal attempt at the 48 hour film project myself in 2010, all I can say to the director Lara Cunha, producer and editor Greg Catell and the awesome cast and crew is well done!