Johannesburg – Veteran actress, Lillian Dube, stars in her first animation, Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi, which will showcase first at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) on July 23, this year.
Dube is the voice of Gogo MaLamula Zulu.
African creative film production company, PacinaPictures announced the news yesterday.
The company stated that the animated short film is a narrative told from a Black South African perspective with the aim of reintroducing Shaka Zulu to a new generation.
The film is also voiced by some of South Africa’s other renowned thespians Ayanda Borotho as Queen Nandi, Mondli Makhoba as Shaka, Dawn Thandeka King as Mkabayi as well as Themba Ntuli as young Manzini.
“We are excited and equally honoured to be showcasing the Shaka iNkosi Yamakhosi project on home soil and better still, on a local and trailblazing platform such as DIFF. Under PacinaPictures, the Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi body of work is our own testament about owning African stories that are profuse with culture and diversity, which still capture and intrigues the world,” said Executive Producer and Co-Director of the film, Manzini Zungu.
The story is inspired by the story’s protagonist ‘Young Manzini’. It follows a tale told by Manzini’s Gogo about the coming-of-age story of a great warrior and King, Shaka Zulu to inspire her grandson through the strength of his lineage.
“Through Manzini’s journey, audiences are provoked to also find their inner Shaka to help them overcome their challenges. Ours is a story which aims to ignite the human spirit to rise above itself – to inspire audiences to dig for the hero that lives within and bring it to the fore. This animated adaptation is unlike any other, as some of these events captured in our film have not been documented nor told in this manner, in any history books,” said Zungu.
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