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If you missed She Is King at the cinema last year, or if you did manage to see it on the big screen and loved it so much you need to watch it again, now’s your chance. The feel-good local movie directed by Gersh Kgamedi is now available only on Showmax.
Critics and audiences loved this movie when it was released in December 2017. Praising the film’s portrayal of modern-day South Africa, Sowetan said, “The end-result is a feel-good glossy production that does some justice to how incredibly rich our culture, heritage, art and identity are.”
Gugu Zulu stars as Khanyisile, a young Zulu woman from a rural village who follows her dreams by journeying to the City of Gold to become a star. She quickly wows the city’s theatre scene with her passion and talent, and lands a leading role in a big musical production as Zulu Queen Mkabayi kaJama. But she had no idea that scoring a role would be the start of her difficulties in her new life as an actress and singer. And when dark secrets from her past are revealed to her new friends and fans, she’ll be forced to wonder if she made the right decision in leaving the village to begin with.
Looking for more reasons to watch it?
1. The cast
You might recognise Gugu Zulu from Idols, and this is is the perfect movie to showcase this young star’s range of talents. But she’s not the only reason to watch. Other Mzansi greats who appear include Khanyi Mbau, Khabonina Qubeka, Aubrey Poo and Sophie Ndaba.
2. The soundtrack
No South African movie would be complete without some seriously catchy beats from our country’s favourite performers. Expect to be tapping your toes along to the likes of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Lucky Dube, Vusi Khumalo, Simpiwe Dana, PJ Powers and Joseph Shabalala. But the real gem is Gugu Zulu’s own version of Brenda Fassie’s Higher and Higher.
3. The story
It’s not a new idea, the plot of a naive, innocent young person arriving in Johannesburg and realising that it’s way tougher and grittier than they ever imagined. But what sets She Is King apart from shows and movies with similar storylines is Kgamedi’s decision to showcase the beauty, the glamour and the heart of Jozi rather than focusing on the cruelty of the city.
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