25min 8 October 2022 Drama

Melodi will premiere on SABC 2 on Saturday 8 October 2022 at 8:30pm.

Melodi (Thuli Nduvane) is a successful banker who was raised by a loving single mother, Sesi (Unathi Guma). She is about to be married to Liyanda (Luluma Nyembezi). Wedding plans are underway and lobola negotiations are about to start.

But all this brings back old wounds and deep feelings of abandonment. Why did her father, Mojalefa (Tshepo Maseko), abandon her as a baby? 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. Will this journey bring her healing?

Melodi is one of the Heartlines Fathers Matter films being released in 2022 and is in isiXhosa and Sesotho, with subtitles in English.

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Read our interview with director Zamo Mkhwanazi

Zamo Mkhwanazi is an experienced filmmaker who has worked on television shows, short films and feature films. She shares her thoughts on being a director in the Fathers Matter film series and why she thinks South Africa needs to be talking about the realities of fatherhood.

You children today. You think talking about things will do something. Melodi, why do you want to go and dig into the past?
Sesi to her daughter

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Production Information

  • Running Time: 25min
  • Release Date: 8 October 2022
  • Rating: PG
  • Genre: Drama
  • Language: isiXhosa, Sesotho
  • Director: Zamo Mkhwanazi
  • Cast: Tshepo Maseko, Thuli Nduvane, Unathi Guma, Thandy Matlaila, Luluma Nyembezi, Mannini Mokhothu
  • Written by: Nonzi Bogatsu