The Gooseberry Grandmother’s Daughter

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(Director: Julie Laurenz)

Malungelo didn’t always get on with her mother. But when Mam’Fikile was brutally gunned down, her daughter is determined to find out why she was killed. To her surprise she discovers a hero who stood up against a corporate giant.

In October 2020, Malungelo ’s world came crashing down. Her mother, a tough but big-hearted woman with a bellowing singing voice was murdered. She was shot 6 times as she enjoyed afternoon tea at her kitchen table. Malungelo’s son, 13-year-old Buyile witnessed the murder. As is customary, when a visitor arrives at a Zulu homestead, the children can be asked to restrain the family dogs. Buyile and a friend were playing in the front yard when 3 strangers came to the house. As instructed by the men, the youngsters held the growling dogs back so the trio could greet Mam’Fikile inside. But, within minutes of entering the home, the assassins opened fire. What could the 63-year-old grandmother possibly have done to warrant such a violent death? Malungelo believes it is because she refused to move off her land to make way for a coalmine.

Mam’Fikile had a voice, and she used it.


Date: Sat, 9th September 2023

Time: 1:15pm – 3:15pm BST  

Where: The Curzon Mayfair

38 Curzon Street



London Tickets 

Experience the magic of cinema at the highly anticipated 17th edition of the I Will Tell Film Festival, taking place from the 7th to the 10th of September 2023. This year, the festival will expand its reach across three vibrant cities in the UK: London, Bristol, and Birmingham. With the generous support of the British Film Institute (BFI), the festival aims to bring captivating films to a wider audience, ensuring that everyone can partake in the celebration of exceptional storytelling.

One of the festival’s highlights is the women warriors collection, which showcases powerful female led stories. Prepare to be mesmerized by a diverse array of stories and performances that you simply cannot afford to miss. These short films offer a unique platform for emerging filmmakers to shine, presenting their innovative visions and showcasing the depth of their creativity.

The I Will Tell Film Festival invites you to join them on this extraordinary cinematic journey, where storytelling becomes an art form that transcends boundaries. Don’t miss the opportunity to be part of a festival that celebrates the very best of British filmmaking while embracing diversity, creativity, and the power of narrative. Mark your calendars and get ready to experience the magic of the 17th edition of the I Will Tell Film Festival in September 2023!





August 8, 2023

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