‘Five Tiger’ will be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

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Ayanda Seoka as Fiona in Five Tiger.
Ayanda Seoka as Fiona in Five Tiger.
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  • The film directed and written by Nomawonga Khumalo will be screened at this year’s Sundance film fest. 
  • The film sees a conservative woman getting into a transactional relationship with a church leader to survive. 
  • The film will be screened between  28 January and 3 February 2021. 


Directed and written by Nomawonga Khumalo, South African short film Five Tiger is set to be screened at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival between 28 January and 3 February 2021. 

Based on the director’s interest in sex work, the film sees a conservative woman getting into a transactional relationship with a church leader in order to take care of her husband and daughters. Through this plot the fim explores the way gender-based violence, sex work, capitalism and religion can play out in the lives of black femmes in South Africa. 

Nomawonga Khumalo on the set of Five Tiger.
Nomawonga Khumalo on the set of Five Tiger.

Khumalo is a Johannesburg based writer and director. Her ten year long tenure in the South African film industry boasts technical and narrative experience. Speaking to Channel24 about what she would like audiences to take away from the film, Khumalo said she would like them to review the idea that hard work and faith are enough to better the circumstances of marginalised communities: 

“Hard work’ and ‘faith’ also serve as powerful deflectors in hiding the many traumas faced by marginalised members of society (especially our mothers), avoiding dealing with the root of the problem."

Ayanda Seoka in ‘Five Tiger’. Photo: TMBPC
Ayanda Seoka in ‘Five Tiger’. Photo: TMBPC

The film’s cast includes Ayanda Seoka, Fumani Shilubana, Khalalelo Makhanda and Menzi Biyela. 

Watch the trailer for Five Tiger below:


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