Elelwani and her boyfriend are in love and have plans to spend the rest of their lives together. They are both educated and live urban lives with aspirations to travel abroad. After her university graduation Elelwani returns to her family in the rural countryside to introduce her boyfriend and announce her future plans. But the weight of tradition bears heavily on her family and they refuse to accept her union. The father wants his daughter to become the wife of the local king despite his daughter's insistent refusal. What unfolds is a secret hidden by the royal family from the community and Elelwani is destined to uncover these mysteries and deceptions. In Venda language with English subtitles.

103 minutes.
Parental Guidance.
Drama, Family, Romance, South African.
Parents are a pain.
Parents are a pain.


Florence Masebe, Vusi Kunene, Mutodi Neshehe
Ntshaveni Wa Luruli
ScreenplayNtshaveni Wa Luruil, from the novel by Titus Ntsiene Maumel
MusicChris Letcher
CinematographyLance Gewer
EditingAryan Kaganof
Sound formats
Made in2012
Produced byShadowy Meadows Productions, Blackboard Trust

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

SexBrief affectionate kissing
ViolenceLow impact flashbacks
Drug abuseNone
CommentsElelwani is forced to abandon her true love and marry a king as the third wife. In the palace she abandons all protocol and curiously uncovers the hidden secrets of the palace. When the two first wives are pointed out as witches who killed the king she takes up the reins as queen of the kingdom and reconnects with her true love.
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USA MPAA rating

PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
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Scale (Max)20

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