Family - Completed 2009

A 50-something year old God-fearing South African woman (Yvonne Chaka Chaka) starts having nightmares. She travels to Nigeria to discover the cause of these dreams.

    • Year of production
    • 2009
    • Genres
    • Family, Social issues
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • N/A
    • Duration
    • 90 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Faith ISIAKPERE
    • Synopsis
    • A 50-something year old, God-fearing South African woman (Yvonne Chaka Chaka) starts having nightmares and becomes violently ill. She seeks medical and spiritual attention but is advised to got o a sangoma (Zolan Mkiva) who she is told will help her find the remedy. Reluctantly she goes and is advised that she needs to travel to the source of her troubles- where she will confront and overcome her illness. She travels to Nigeria where she encounters her nemesis but is guided by a kindhearted man or is he an angel (Justus Esiri). Is this real or all just a terrible nightmare. Good over Evil is the main theme and the film is tongue-in-cheek lightheartedness.

      This is Yvonne Chaka Chaka’s first foray into feature films and the beginning of a very exciting new career. Justus Esiri is one of Nigeria’s most prolific and respected actors and his calm and embracing performance adds a compassionate mood to the storyline. Zolani Mkiva (Nelson Mandela’s Praise Poet) gives an enigmatic performance as the Sangoma and the ensemble cast are everyday characters that offer comical performances that borders on serious undertones.

      Using the Nollywood model the film brings into sharp focus the diversity of African environments through the bustling markets of Lagos and the sprawling metropolis of Johannesburg- the urban closeness and the rural vastness, the vibrancy of Africa as we would all like to know it, the beauty, the mayhem and the shared humanity.