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Films 2015 - South Africa - Fanie Fourie's Lobola

Fanie Fourie's Lobola

Director: Henk Pretorius, 2013

Language: Zulu, Afrikaans, English
South Africa

SYNOPSIS: The story of the complications that ensue when an Afrikaans man and Zulu girl fall in love, especially when the traditional custom of "lobola," or dowry, makes things even more difficult for them.

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When an Afrikaans man romances a Zulu woman, there’s bound to be a price to pay. In the case of Fanie and Dinky, it ends up being her dowry (known in South Africa as lobola).

Even the lovers can scarcely believe that it’s come to this. After all, Fanie asked her out on a dare and she accepted to deter her dad’s incessant matchmaking. And so they find themselves caught in a culture clash with Fanie having to calculate the precise value of the love of his life. Combining hilarious storytelling with social commentary, this romantic comedy is a potent tale of new love running headlong into outdated attitudes.

"A Romeo & Juliet fable that buries worn-out issues and clichés and celebrates an optimistic New South Africa… Pretorius spins moments of absolute magic with his subtle and skillful telling… We need films like Fanie Fourie’s Lobola to show how the best of two broken worlds can unite into a harmonious whole… It also shows that there is much more to paying your lobola than delivering cows; it’s about understanding and respecting the cultural differences that separate and embrace a new world that outshines the old."—Daniel Dercksen, All Africa