Themba the Movie

Sipho (in grey jumpers played by Kagiso Motsei) and Themba (in green t-shirt played by Nat Singo) practice with their team Lion Strikers for the Eastern Cape Junior League Championships.

A young man’s dream to play for Bafana Bafana, a friendship that grows from strength to strength, a family bond which saves a mother’s life, the reality on HIV/AIDS and TB stigma. A family’s journey from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town in search of greener pastures and in search of each other. A story that celebrates ups, downs and victories of life.

This entirely South African produced film is what I perceive has been lacking on our silver screens. It has been a long time since the film circuit has been presented with a deep meaningful story, which evokes emotion, challenges existence, and expresses the evolution of culture, still instilling real hope in our hearts.

The story of young Themba manages to touch multiple aspects of a young boy’s transition from boyhood to manhood, and from a dreamer to an achiever. Themba who lives with his mother and sister in a rural Eastern Cape village is hopeful that his estranged father will one day return from the mines of Gauteng. His hardworking mother, Mandisa loses her job in a tea plantation and is compelled to move to Cape Town, leaving young Themba and his younger sister under the hoped care of Luthando, Mandisa’s lodger and momentary lover. Themba focuses on taking care of his sister best as he can and working on becoming the soccer star that he has dreams of being. He has love, support and encouragement from his best friend Sipho. The two boys are each other’s pillars.

The emotionally nutritious film is well shot, with the Eastern Cape’s Port St John’s beauty stunningly pictured the dirt and grunge of Cape Town townships un-romanticised. To compliment the tell-as-is motion picture, is a soundtrack that amplifies every beat of the story and journey.

The novel based story has an amazing message that resonates in Themba’s journey, a universal truth that will move anyone irrespective of their background and a heart wrenching reality that plants a seed of hope in the hearts of all who’ll see it.

The movie stars songstress Simphiwe Dana as Mandisa, Luthando being played by Patrick Mofokeng and Themba played by Nat Singo. For more on the movie visit www.thembathemovie.com. The PG13 movie opens on the 16th of July in cinemas nationwide.

In my book it is a must see and it shows how South Africa has stories to tell, and how hopeful we are in light of where we come from.

Till next time, take care and be good!


Art Crossroads is a Festival Programer at Out In Africa, with a passion for writing and experiencing new things...
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