AFDA alumnus Mandla N’s film Loving Thokoza streaming on Showmax

News, 22 May 2020



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AFDA alumnus Mandla N’s and Black Brain Pictures new feature film, Loving Thokoza, premiered worldwide on the 20th of May on Showmax. The film, shot in only 9 days just before the Covid – 19 lockdown, is Mandla N’s eagerly anticipated feature film debut, set in the chaotic months leading up to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994.  

Enhle Mbali Mlotshwa (Isidingo,  uHambo) stars as Charlotte Grootboom, a recently graduated English teacher who comes to Johannesburg to stay with her uncle (SAFTA winner Hamilton Dlamini from Isithembiso and Five Fingers For Marseilles), while she looks for a job at a Model C school. Unable to find work, she instead takes a teaching job at an apartheid-ravaged school in Thokoza, where she fights to set up a debating society. 

Loving Thokoza is also a love story set in a time of uncertainty, as Charlotte falls for ex-APLA comrade Moscow (SAFTA winner Mduduzi Mabaso from Rhythm City), who is struggling to find his place in this unstable new South Africa. 

Mandla N. is also the creator and director of South Africa's favourite multi-award winning prison drama Lockdown, and is best known for his starring role as Themba Khumalo in the SABC1 sitcom CITY Ses’la (2005-2010) and its spinoff series Ses’Top La.

Mandla N. is the co-founder of the production company Black Brain Pictures and is known for being a member of the music group Gang of Instrumentals.

Watch the trailer: https://www.showmax.com/eng/play/35bdd1a7-93fc-4a1a-822d-f5b95a50559c/f5b32244-9155-4243-b59c-90cc8b2b96ef/TRAILER

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