Fanie Fourie's Lobola

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South Africa | 2013 | 90 minutes | Henk Pretorius

June 15, 2013

Best Film: SIFF 2013 Golden Space Needle Awards
After Fanie takes Dinky, a strong Zulu woman, to his Afrikaans family wedding, the two find an unexpectedly fun cross-cultural romance. But in order to marry Dinky, Fanie must negotiate to pay Lobola (a South African dowry).

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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, a South African tradition that finds the groom’s family negotiating for the bride’s hand? When Fanie Fourie, a young Afrikaner who designs custom cars that resemble African animals, accepts a dare to take a beautiful Zulu entrepreneur, Dinky Magubane, to his brother’s wedding the stage is set for romance. She accepts on the condition that Fanie pretends to be her boyfriend so that she can stop her deeply traditional father from pressuring her into marriage. Of course, as Dinky and Fanie start to fall in love their hoax to annoy their families becomes a meaningful relationship. But can it transcend their cultural differences, family politics, and especially, the thorny tradition of lobola? Fanie Fourie’s Lobola effectively skewers South African cultural expectations, furthering conversations about interracial relationships and whether lobola retains its relevance in a modern society, among others. Based on a popular South African book, the hilarious script by director Henk Pretorius and Janine Eser is populated with genuinely likeable characters whose chemistry will melt even the coldest of hearts. Don’t miss this contemporary fairy tale about love and tradition in a rapidly evolving society.

Director Biography
Henk Pretorius is a young South African director whose film Bakgat (2008) was the first South African film made for a teen audience. Pretorius directed, produced, and wrote Bakgat as well as the sequel.

Sponsored in part by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Delta Air Lines

  • Director: Henk Pretorius
  • Principal Cast: Eduan van Jaarsveldt, Zethu Dhlomo, Angelique Pretorius, Jerry Mofokeng, Motlatsi Mafatshe
  • Country: South Africa
  • Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Lance Samuels, Kweku Mandela, Janine Eser
  • Screenplay: Janine Eser, Henk Pretorius
  • Cinematographers: Trevor Calverley
  • Editors: Avril Beukes
  • Music: Adam Schiff
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  • Awards: Jozi Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award) Sedona International Film Festival 2013 (Audience Award, Best Comedy)
  • Filmography: <i>Bakgat! 2</i> (2009); <i>Bakgat!</i> (2008)
  • Language: English, Zulu and Afrikaans
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • International Sales: Indigenous Film