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Dir. Hlumela Matika
South Africa. 2019. 13 mins. Xhosa, English with English subtitles.
Khanya and Sandiswa are left outside the local horse gambling arena by their father, under the strict instructions to not leave the car. Khanya receives her period and makes the decision to enter the arena, when she is caught by her father, the true confines of their delicate relationship come to light.
Film Africa 2020 Baobab Award for Short Best Short Film
The Baobab Award for Best Short Film exists to recognise and support African filmmaking and to enhance the visibility of emerging new voices. The Award consists of a £1,000 cash prize awarded by a jury of filmmakers and industry professionals.
Hlumela Matika is a filmmaker and performance artist from South Africa, she holds a BFA in film producing from AFDA and recently obtained her MFA in filmmaking from VPA Syracuse University, Upstate New York. Her work explores the memory of growing up woman and black in a predominantly patriarchal community. Her narratives are an exploration of representation, gender politics, sexual development and mental health in the formative