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South African short film on the rise

By Caswell Lengoabala

Caswell Lengoabala sits down with Durban filmmaker Mel Mthembu to speak about his new film Ukube Ngabe, the untapped potential of filmmaking in South Africa, and how Covid-19 has affected his process.

When Mzwandile picks up a hitchhiker on the freeway in the middle of the night and gives her a lift home, little does he know that not everything is as it seems with this beautiful stranger. What her family tells him when he drops her off is as shocking as it is unbelievable. Based on a true story and popular South African folklore, this short film, set in uMlazi township, Durban, follows him as he navigates the series of events that follow soon after he discovers the truth about the woman he picked up.

Ukube Ngabe

A short film about how one decision can lead to a lifetime of regret. A young innocent man from the rural areas tries to make a better future for himself outside of home but things take a turn for the worst, leaving him with nothing but memories he wished he never had to bare.

Caswell Lengoabala is a multi-faceted creative with experience in cinematography, post-production, and photography. Lengoabala has collaborated with Nottingham Trent University of Scotland as an international artistic researcher, and has studied multimedia and advertising at Umuzi academy. This resulted in the production of projects such as The Lapsarian Question, and Barudian’s Ass that dealt with questions of the psyche, religion and philosophy respectively. His film FOUR EYE REFLECT was placed fourth internationally in a short-film competition during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown.

This review was published as part of the Creative Feel My Art Radar project which was made possible by the National Arts Council’s PESP programme.

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