Siembamba

A root doesn’t know what a leaf has in mind - An African proverb.


Siembamba
Returning to her home town and overwhelmed by the birth of her first born, a young woman tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving mother, she struggles with the demand of being a new mom. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends her into a dark depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, she sees danger in every situation. Distraught, she pays a visit to a family psychologist who diagnoses her intrusive thoughts and feelings of anxiousness as being a mild case of the baby blues. Yet the thoughts grow worse and more violent. She starts to hear voices and the humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, she does everything in her power to protect her son. Her decline reaches fever pitch, and everybody seems to be moving against her. Desperate, she finds solace in the arms of her childhood friend. The world around her implodes and it becomes clear that she and her child are in imminent danger. But from what? Is she haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

87 minutes.
No persons under 16 (Violence, Sexual Violence, Horror).
Horror, South African.

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Cast
Brandon Auret, Reine Swart, Deènré Reiners, Thandi Puren
Director
Darrell Roodt
ScreenplayTarryn-Tanille Prinsloo
MusicAlun Richards
CinematographyJustus de Jager
EditingLeon Gerber
Made in2017
Produced byPhoenix Films, Kwazi Mojo Media, Cut & Paste Generation

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