A FAMILY AFFAIR. 52 MIN

OPENING NIGHT FILM at ENCOUNTERS INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL

FILMMAKER BEV DITSIE'S CLOSE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE FAMILY MADE FOR A DEEPLY PERSONAL FILM

Synopsis

An uplifting documentary that takes you on an emotional journey of the life experience of this gifted family.

 

This powerful human interest study, opened the 7th Encounters International Documentary Festival,  It’s the story of the talented musical Makhene family, and how they grow and live through all the highs and lows that form part of being a family.  Led by their musical father, Blondie and understanding mother, Agnes, for the three beautiful daughters, the world is their oyster.

 

But tragedy shatters the family and things change forever when Agnes passes away unexpectedly. The eldest daughter, Pauline decides to begin a new life in Dubai. Gontse, the youngest goes into depression, and Letoya, with her promising solo career is called to become a sangoma (traditional healer) and has to learn how to integrate her two different worlds.

 

With patience and understanding, Blondie and stepmom Pam, hold the family together, always giving support and freedom to each of the daughter’s choices. Life  continues and the family grows bigger with two more baby daughters who inject new energy.

Friends & colleagues said ....

“Riveting, such a good story.

Thanks Bev and Nicky”

I watched your movie last night on telly and just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it and that it left me thinking about your characters for a long time afterwards.

 

I think you really captured that intimacy that  I so often wish for in a documentary and so seldom experience. I also think your editing was really good: the whole piece never lost pace - or pathos - or my interest, throughout.

 

So, many congratulations and much power to your elbow,

 

Regards, Athalie

Credits

Producer & Editor

Nicky Newman

 

Director

Bev Palesa Ditsie

 

Camera

Beverley Palesa Ditsie

Gontse Makhene

Willie Nel

Yoav Dagan

Blondie Makhene

Nicky Newman

 

Sound

Mzukisi Mtshiselo

 

Research

Nhlanhla Mthethwa

 

Music

Blondie Makhene

Letoya Makhene

Skoolgirlz

Neo Muyanga