Nomfundo, a short film produced by Passion Seed Communications, has been selected for the 6th edition of the Blackstar Film Festival.
The festival will take place in Philadelphia, USA between the 3rd and 6th of August 2017. The BlackStar Film Festival is an annual celebration of the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora and of global indigenous communities, showcasing films by black people from around the world. This will be the North American premiere of the film, the world premiere was at the Helsinki African Film Festival in Finland in April.
Nomfundo is about a tormented and impulsive young woman who is pregnant with her first child. When she is betrayed by the people she holds close to her heart, she makes an erratic decision that unleashes a tragic chain of events. The film is unique in that it is in SiSwati, a minority language that is largely underrepresented in the local TV and film industry. The role of Nomfundo is played by Dineo Lusenga. Other cast members include Laki Koza, Onthatile Matshidiso, Thobile Kubeka and Ofentse Kharoli.
Independent filmmakers Dineo Lusenga and Sihle Hlophe teamed up to self-fund the film. The duo used a South African crowdfunding platform called Thundafund to raise additional funds. The National Film & Video Foundation came on board to assist with funding the post-production process. Lusenga is an actress, director, producer and radio DJ who has acted on TV shows such as Intersexions, Mutual Friends and Hard Copy while Hlophe is a writer/director whose work has been screened as far afield as the USA, Switzerland and Tanzania. "This year the Blackstar Film Festival is honoring the work of Ava Duvernay, the director of the Oscar nominated film Selma. As female filmmakers we feel deeply honored and priviledged to be part of this wonderful initiative", Sihle Hlophe.
For more info about the Blackstar Film Festival, visit: https://www.blackstarfest.org