SA short film shortlisted for 2022 OSCAR Awards

From Africa to the World: Phumi Morare reigns supreme with an award-winning short film ‘Lakutshon’ iLanga’

South Africa’s Director Phumi Morare’s short film Lakutshon’ Ilanga (When The Sun Sets) has been nominated for a 2022 Academy Award.

Phumi Morare shares with us the great lived moments of her lovely short film called Lakutshon ilanga, the direct translation of this would be “when the sun sets”. She tells the tales of how she tried saving her brother from the evil deeds of the world. Her film touches on multiple factors, including the violence against freedom fighters in South Africa during the difficult times of apartheid.

In the short film, a young black nurse must face her fears when she learns that her brother, who then happened to be an activist, may be in danger, when he doesn’t return from school.

The film is inspired by Phumi’s mother. Through the telling of her story, she has managed to grow big and even scoop herself some awards and medals. This film has won a gold medal at 2021 student academy awards, the 2021 HBO short film competition at the American Black Film Festival, the 2021 student BAFTA award nominee. Impressive indeed that it has been shortlisted for the 2022 Academy award in the live action short film category.

I do have to mention that the weight this film carries is a strong one. Phumi’s short films have played in numerous venues, and they are still growing. To mention a few places, the international film festivals including the Telluride film festival, Clermont-Ferrand film festival and the American Black film festival.

Morare’s ambition shows us that everything is possible if you put your mind and heart to it. She is determined to grow and make a name for herself through storytelling. She has an upcoming project “WHY THE CATTLE,” which was selected for the 2021 Berninale Talents Durban program and the 2021 Tribeca Chanel through her Lens women’s filmmaker program.

Phumi’s interests are to redeem the black and feminine identity and using the black female gaze to tell intimate stories of ordinary heroes and women.

In her short Film Lakutshon ilanga, she opens and closes with the song titled lakuthsona ilanga by Miriam Makeba. This song brings in the poetic lament of someone waiting and searching for a loved one who disappeared during the tough times of apartheid and never came back home. Phumi reminds us that the song is a tribute to those who haven’t returned home after police kidnapping.

By Londeka Mthethwa for African View News