DIFF2019: Izulu Lami director Madoda Ncayiyana has new film in development

Durban director Madoda Ncayiyana’s acclaimed isiZulu language film Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), which opened the Durban International Film Festival in 2009, has free screenings in the ‘Decade Throwback’ programme in this year’s 40th edition of the festival.

Still from Izulu Lami
Still from Izulu Lami

Filmed in rural KwaZulu-Natal and on the streets of eThekwini, Izulu Lami is a heartrending tale of suffering and redemption. It was also one of the first-ever Zulu-language feature films, so popular that it stayed on the circuit in Durban for three months.

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Ncayiyana’s upcoming feature film, Love Handles, has completed development and is currently closing financing. A romantic comedy about a full-figured woman who mixes traditional Zulu dance and with modern moves, Love Handles will be shot in KZN in early 2020. The longstanding KZN production company, Vuleka Productions, comprising Ncayiyana and Julie Frederikse will produce, with Anant Singh and Sanjeev Singh of top South African and international company, Videovision.

Izulu Lami will be screened on Monday, 22 July at the Maharani Hotel and Tuesday, 23 July at the Luthuli Museum in Groutville on the North Coast. The director and producer will be in attendance at these screenings.

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