Thembi

A Street Stories Film

 

Effervescent, beautiful, confident, brave, eloquent and ambitious, Thembi epitomises the youth of South Africa. Tragically, in more ways than one, Thembi came to fame through her audio diary for the US’ National Public Radio. It documented her daily life in Khayelitsha and the physical, social and emotional struggle of living with HIV.

Her humour, forthright nature and inner strength enchanted her 50 million strong audience, forcing people far and wide, humble and famous, to listen to her sound logic as the voice of a generation that South Africa’s politicians had forsaken.

Despite her boundless energy and herculean courage, this gentle and incisive documentary shows that Thembi is all too human. Her desire to live, love and leave behind a legacy didn’t make her any less susceptible to insecurity, social pressure, exhaustion and the vagaries of being a celebrity.

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Premiere: Encounters Film Festival

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Jacob Burns Film Centre New York

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Quote: Jonathan Demme (Oscar – The silence of the Lambs)

Your film ‘Thembi’ is a brilliant masterpiece, wow.

What Cinema!

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Film website

www.thembithefilm.com

Film credits

Director: Jo Menell

Producer: Richard Mills

Research: Thembela Dick

Camera and Editor: Richard Mills

Sound recordist: Ndumiso Sibindlana

Animation: Jisoo Kim

Final Mix: Warrick Sony, Milestone Studios

Vocal Artists: Nomfusi & Waqa

Graphics: Craig Keown

Colourist: Kim Krause

Special Thanks: Joe Richman & Tony Tabatznik

Stills Photography: Sue Johnson

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