Fathers Matter Film Series

Fathers Matter Film Series

The Heartlines Fathers Matter film series is currently in production.

Catch the films every Saturday from 17 September 2022 on SABC 2 at 8:30pm!

There are six different films in the series, set in various contexts around South Africa. Each short film is a compelling drama that explores the complexities of fatherhood and the relationships people have with their fathers in South Africa today, where most children grow up in homes without their biological fathers.

We have also put together a discussion guide for the films. You can download the disucssion guide for churches below. The guide for other groups and organisations will be available shortly. Watch this space for details.

If you want to get involved or find out more about anything to do with the films or Fathers Matter, you can fill out this form.

Family Portrait

Ayize is a struggling artist who becomes a new father when his girlfriend Nomvula has a baby. He is devoted to both her and their baby girl, Zenzile. But he must prove to his rather terrifying and tough mother-in-law Cecelia that he is good enough to be a good dad, even though he can’t provide financially.

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In Time

Lerumo is a gold miner who works on a mine far away from his wife Amanda and daughter Bokamoso. Despite this, he is a loving father who spares nothing to show up for his child. But many obstacles threaten to throw him off track. Can he make it in time?

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Everything a Boy Could Want

Martin is a rich businessman who financially provides everything his family needs. But he is emotionally cruel, impossible to please and hardly ever there for his son, Lester.  Lester has everything money can buy, except what he longs for the most – his father's love and approval.

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Melodi

Melodi is a successful banker who was raised by a loving single mother, Sesi. She is about to be married to Liyanda. But all this brings back old wounds and deep feelings of abandonment. Melodi decides to deal with the pain of her past by searching for a father she never knew, before making a commitment of her own.

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Airwalker

Zoë is a gifted young skateboarder whose talent earns her a spot in a promo for her favourite skate park. But her parents, Bridget and Mike are separated, and their continual fighting affects her deeply. Caught between their lies and constant arguments, a frustrated Zoë lands up in a very life-threatening situation. But is this enough to give her parents a reality check?

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Manskap

Kyle is a troubled but promising young man, unemployed, fatherless and raised by a single mother. With nothing much to keep him motivated besides his love for cars, Kyle finds himself in the clutches of a powerful local gang leader, Rooi. When another father figure steps in to offer him a new sense of direction, Kyle must make a choice.

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