NOMFUNDO

 

A tormented and impulsive young woman is pregnant with her first child. When Nomfundo is betrayed by the two people she holds dear to her heart, she makes an erratic decision that unleashes a tragic chain of events. She flees from the repercussions of her actions and has a transcendental encounter that changes the course of her life forever.

Director Biography

Award-winning writer and director Sihle Hlophe has been in the local TV and film industry for 10 years. She holds a MA in Communication Studies, a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a BA in the Dramatic Arts. She is currently a Hot Docs Blue Ice Docs Groups fellowship recipient and the recipient of a National Fellow at the University of Cape Town’s Institute For Creative Arts. Hlophe is the founder of Passion Seed Communications, a film and TV production company that has been commissioned by organisations such the SABC, the Mindset Channel on DSTV, SABMiller and the Foundation For Human Rights. Hlophe is the writer and director of Nomfundo, a 12-minute SiSwati film. Hlophe wrote and directed “As I Am”, one of the first SiSwati films of cinematic quality. “As I Am” has been screened at prestigious festivals such as the Pan African Film Festival in the USA, the Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland, the Zanzibar International Film Festival in Tanzania and the Durban International Film Festival in South Africa. “As I Am” won the Best SiSwati Film Award at the Mpumalanga Provincial Sports and Arts Awards in 2015. Her experimental documentary “The Aftermath” was screened at the Mzansi Women’s Film Festival (RSA) and the “African Women Narratives on Xenophobia” initiative. Hlophe has worked as a scriptwriter on popular TV shows such as Scandal on eTV, Broken Vows on eTV, Dreamworld on SABC 1, Mutual Friends on SABC 1 and Vuka Mawulele on Mzansi Magic. Hlophe has also worked as a scriptwriter, content director, production manager and post-production supervisor for various production companies. Hlophe has also worked as a Writing and Directing Lecturer at AFDA. Her work has been screened on SABC, DSTV, eTV and YLE in Finland. Hlophe’s major achievements include being one of the winners of the NFVF Short Film Scriptwriting Competition in 2012 and being an exchange student in Finland during her final year at the University of the Witwatersrand. With her unique skillset and natural talent for storytelling, Hlophe looks set to leave an indelible mark on the South African TV and film industry.