Sunday, January 23rd, 4:00 p.m.
Co-presented by The Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth

Beautifully filmed on location in the stunning rural landscapes of the Eastern Cape and in Masiphumelele Township south of Cape Town, THEMBA tells the story of a local boy who triumphs against adversity and proves that with talent and determination dreams can come true. The screenplay is based on Lutz van Dijk’s book “Crossing the Line”.

“THEMBA reminds me of my own childhood and youth in a township close to a small village in the Transvaal in South Africa: Like him I wanted to escape poverty, like him I had the hope that our world will be a just world one day – and like him I loved my mother who was working at the time as a maid for a white family.”
— Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu.

Official website
Director: Stefanie Sycholt (Malunde)
Country: Germany, South Africa
Language: English, Xhosa and Zulu with
English subtitles
Stars: Nat Singo, Simphiwi Dana,
Patrick Mofokeng
Runtime: 138 Minutes

Parental Guidance – Violence, Nudity

21st International Filmfest Emden, Norderney, Germany – Winner 2010
Zanzibar International Festival – Winner 2010
Mill Valley Film Festival –Audience Award 2010
Cinema for Peace – Honorary Award 2010

One Response to THEMBA

  1. Aarthi Naidu says:

    I was just forwarded an e-mail regarding your movie screening and think it’s great! Last summer I went to Kenya to volunteer with Education Beyond Borders (EBB) to run teacher training workshops. EBB has numerous projects on the go in areas such as South Africa, Kenya and soon to be Ethiopia, Tanzania and Ecuador. Another teacher who I met through volunteering last summer and myself are hosting a screening of “A Small Act” at Vancouver Technical Secondary School as a fundraiser for EBB on Thursday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased from myself, the other teacher listed or various 10 Thousand Villages locations in Vancouver (Granville Island, Commercial Street and Broadway).