Windhoek – An animated short film about the legendary Zulu King, Shaka, will be screened at the Durban International Film Festival, which is scheduled for July 22 to August 1, 2021.
Titled Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi (Shaka, the king of kings”) is an animation that tells the story of Shaka from a black South African perspective, with the aim of bringing the Zulu ruler to a young generation.
Told from the lens of “Young Manzini”, the story is told by Manzini’s grandmother, who narrates Shaka’s coming of age as a way of inspiring her grandson to pursue his dreams.
“Ours is a story which aims to ignite the human spirit to rise above itself, to inspire audiences to dig for the hero that lives within and bring it to the fore. This animation adaptation is unlike any other, as some of these events captured in our film have not been documented nor told in this manner, in history books,” said the executive producer and co-director of the film, Manzini Zungu last week.
Mondli Makhaba provides the voice of Shaka. Other high profile names on the cast include Lillian Dube, Ayanda Borotho and Dawn Thandeka King, who plays the role of Makabayi.
“The characters need to be brought to life authentically without them sounding contrite. When we set out to cast the characters, we looked at individuals who not only exuded the confidence to take up their respective roles but also share the same passion for the actual story.
They needed to not only act or voice artist the work but they needed to believe and embody theor characters effortlessly,” Zungu explained.
The short film is the first animation to tell Shaka’s story, with African film production company, Pacino Pictures, the brains behind the project.
On the significance of Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi, Zungu stated that: “We are excited and equally honoured to be showcasing the Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi project on home soil and better still, on a local and trailblasing platform such as DIFF.“Under Pacino Pictures, the Shaka iNkosi yaMakhosi body of work is our own testament about owning African stories that are profuse with culture and diversity, which still capture and intrigue the world.”