Trailer, Poster For South African Interracial Rom-com 'Fanie Fourie’s Lobola'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
January 24, 2013 11:45 AM
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The short story goes... What happens when an Afrikaans guy and a Zulu girl fall in love and have to navigate their way through the complicated process of lobola?

Directed by Henk Pretorius and co-written by Pretorius and Janine Eser, the film is called Fanie Fourie’s Lobolaa contemporary romantic comedy about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.

It stars newcomer Zethu Dlomo (star of South African TV network SABC1's paranomal investigative series Room 9as Fanie’s love interest and Eduan van Jaarsveld as Fanie - Fanie being the Afrikaans guy - a white South African.

So, yes, it's an interracial love story, described as funny yet hard-hitting, that tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola was inspired by the book of the same name, written by Nape à Motana.

ScreenAfrica says it's apparently a "highly anticipated" film, which will make its world premiere at the 2013 Jozi Film Festival next month in Johannesburg, before a national theatrical release in South African, starting on March 1, 2013.

"At its core, the movie is a real love story between two quirky characters who are deeply attracted to each other,” says co-writer and producer Eser.

Rounding out the cast are Chris Chameleon, Connie Chiume, Motlatsi Mafatshe, Jerry Mofokeng, Richard van der Westhuizen and Marga van Rooy.

By the way, Lobolo or Lobola in Zulu, in short, is a traditional Southern African custom whereby the man pays the family of his fiancée for her hand in marriage.

Here's the trailer (poster underneath):

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11 Comments

  • Drum | February 24, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    Fanie Fourie’s Lobola is both a contemporary love story and an honest exploration of the post-apartheid South African psyche. And it’s a good laugh.

    What makes the film exceptional is that it’s not just about an interracial couple in South Africa but about two people who need each other to become better people and to realise their dreams.

    Drum Magazine review -by Nontsikelelo Mpulo
    http://drum.co.za/2013/02/20/movie-review-fanie-fouries-lobola/

  • Lawd | February 4, 2013 4:14 PMReply

    Love how assumptions of a film's validity and worth can be made from a trailer. Some genius respondents in this blog...or are they just...no, we can't say it...How is the first world guys? Aircons all working today? Subway 2 minutes late? Tough going in the oppressed land of America. Diaspora?...use a topical cream. It should clear in 2 to 3 days.

  • Humming Loon | January 26, 2013 4:30 AMReply

    Had to laugh but I'm sure this will find it's audience. Absolute train wreck, lol.

  • Aaron | January 25, 2013 8:47 AMReply

    This is just "Something New 2: In Africa" All of these interracial propaganda films to influence behavior that is still confused. With the recent invasion of Chinese who are taking 2 and 3 AFRICAN wives while denying AFRICAN MEN to even work, why the hell is this still being allowed? It's like they are blind to what's going on and forgot what happened the last time this interracial thing started in Africa.

  • Christopher T. | January 25, 2013 5:44 AMReply

    Horrible!

  • turner | January 24, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    No worse than TP...

  • WileE116 | January 24, 2013 11:05 PMReply

    SAD state of affairs. NO. NO. NO. Terrible.

  • Melissaenafrique | January 24, 2013 5:43 PMReply

    South Africa... sigh.

  • BluTopaz | January 24, 2013 4:36 PMReply

    You know that Clockwork Orange torture scene where they forced the guy to keep his eyes open and watch movies? Even with that, I would find a way to avoid watching this.

  • Aaron | January 24, 2013 12:59 PMReply

    Hell No!!!

  • anon | January 24, 2013 12:13 PMReply

    No... just no...!

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