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"Walls of Leila" - Love Story Between Cape Malay Girl & African American Boy Set In Cape Town

by Tambay A. Obenson
April 4, 2012 12:00 PM
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Walls of Leila

Courtesy of our friends at Africa Is A Country:

Filmmaker Amirah Tajdin and her producer sister Wafa Tajdin are currently working on their first feature, titled “Walls of Leila,” and are running a Kickstarter campaign to help launch their production. For two young, clearly talented filmmakers, this is a film project worth backing... The film is described as “… a love story set in Cape Town South Africa that chronicles the life of Leila, a young Cape Malay girl who falls in love with an American boy, Derek, who happens to be black. When the intricacies and prejudices of race and religion (which are still very prominent in postcolonial Cape Town) throw Leila off balance, she finds herself forced to make difficult decisions as well as questioning her own degree of prejudice. She is ultimately caught between breaking the hearts of her family and/or her lover.”

I like the look and feel of the teaser below, even though it's a rough piece the filmmakers are using to give you a glimpse at their vision for the film they intend to make; I'm curious to see what develops here.

So watch the pitch below and if you're moved to action, click within the Kickstarter widget underneath the video to make your contribution. As of this post, they've raised $965 of the $17,000 campaign goal, with 37 days left.

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  • CareyCarey | April 4, 2012 11:51 PMReply

    Please excuse me for what I am about to say. Call me a racist and kick me in my ass, but I'd rather watch 10 hours of the unedited edition of Snow On Tha Bluff and wear blackface at a KKK rally than watch 10 minutes of Mandigo on the cape. Seriously, Blutopaz called it right. Po Ms. Polly "pure" Bread has taken a bite from the forbidded black fruit. OH LORD! But now she finds herself forced to make difficult decisions as well as questioning her own degree of prejudice. She is ultimately caught between breaking the hearts of her family and/or her lover! So she's questioning her own degree of Prejudice? Huuuum, I wonder what her concerns are? Nope, I'm sorry, I don't care and I'd rather give 10 bucks to that guy holding that sign by the side of the road, than throw my money in this bucket of love. There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, there's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, there's a hole.

  • SidneyP | April 4, 2012 10:54 PMReply

    @Blutopaz, perhaps that would be a project for you.

  • BluTopaz | April 5, 2012 12:40 AM

    SidneyP, funny you say that because after I clicked submit i had the same thought. Now I am thinking of Ossie Davis' brilliant dinner scene in Jungle Fever--first time i saw that movie in a packed theater the multiracial and annoyingly chatty audience was speechless after he told Wesley how DARE you bring this so and so in my home?! You can be in love, lust, whatever but at the end of a hard day at the plantation you have to go home and somehow convey your feelings to this person. That's some ish and don't let it be another person of color with their own baggage too-oy

  • AccidentalVisitor | April 4, 2012 10:54 PMReply

    Can't comment on the quality of the story but the footage is beautiful.

  • BluTopaz | April 4, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    Seems like every race/nationality under the sun has made a film about falling in love with the dreaded Black person. For once I would like to see the Black love interest (male or female, no dif) who has to struggle with their own and their family prejudices against non-Blacks. And in a drama, not a comedy. The synopsis here is like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in an exotic locale.

  • BluTopaz | April 5, 2012 12:58 AM

    Nadine-yeah, aren't we tired of always being the dreaded Black person, always the litmus test for someone else's tolerance no matter where they come from?! There was a flick last year where a young Middle Eastern (i think) lives in the States and annoys her father by being all Westernized and dating a Black Guy. The concept is tired as hell.

    I haven't seen those movies you mentioned but aren't they comedies or rom-coms? Something New looked sappy to me. I want to see a gritty, shaky cam IR indie with yelling, racial slurs and bad lighting-lol j/k

  • Nadine | April 4, 2012 11:06 PM

    "falling in love with the dreaded Black person"-you, I burst out laughing... funny, but true. "Guess Who", with Bernie Mac and I guess, "Something New"?

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