ZULU WEDDING

By Lineo SEKELEOANE

NATIONAL FILM & VIDEO FOUNDATION OF SOUTH AFRICA - as FIN

Drama - Completed 2017

Lou left South Africa and her Zulu-Sotho heritage behind to become a dancer in America, and when she falls in love with Tex, she knows he’s the man to marry. But when she brings Tex home to meet her family, she discovers she’s been promised since birth to a Zulu king. Caught between two men, two families, and two countries, Lou has to come to terms with who she is so she can fight for what she wants.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Drama, Romance
    • Countries
    • SOUTH AFRICA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, ZULU
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Lineo SEKELEOANE
    • Writer(s)
    • Julie HALL
    • Producer(s)
    • Lineo SEKELEOANE, Samad DAVIS
    • Synopsis
    • When Lou (30 years old) is told she’s been promised to the Zulu King in marriage to repay an ancestral debt, she’s forced to confront the tradition she’s been running away from since the death of her parents when she turned 15. Texas Walker (Tex), her American fiancée, is the one man she’s ever fallen in love with, so she decides to confront the King and convince him he doesn’t want to marry her. But when she prevails upon handsome royal advisor Zulu to help her get into the Royal Compound, he proves to be a dangerously seductive charmer, one who seems to represent all the best aspects of her background.

      Then Zulu reveals himself to be the King’s son. Since marrying him will repay her ancestral family debt, Zulu claims their affinity must be destiny – even though Lou is in love with Tex. But when Tex finds her with Zulu and jealously suspects the worst, Tex’s anger and Lou’s wounded pride combust: Tex returns to America, and a heartbroken Lou retreats to the rural Zulu village where her mother was raised. She finds herself falling in love with her culture and even participates in the annual Reed Dance, as the Prince continues to court her. When it seems that Tex hasn’t responded to the peace-making gift she’s sent him, and Prince Zulu again proposes, Lou decides to accept.

      The stage is set for a grand Zulu wedding. Lou, along with Mabo, her psychotic Metro cop sister, her eccentric Sotho half of the family, and her modern friends who don’t ‘do country’ find themselves following ancient traditions. Despite near disasters and some inappropriate assegai-wielding, the wedding proceeds – until suddenly a new warrior appears on the scene to challenge the bridegroom for the bride. It’s Tex. Now the playing field is leveled, and with all eyes on her, Lou is forced to choose between destiny and free will. Which man will she marry at her Zulu Wedding?
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