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She is King, a beautiful film that celebrates African culture, history and music in a contemporary, fun film. It’s a timeless story of a talented young woman traveling to Joburg, City of Gold, to become a star. It features some of South Africa’s best known music, a brilliant cast of characters in a universal, warm story.
“She is King” is a joyous celebration of Zulu culture in a glossy contemporary setting, showing off Joburg as the “Broadway of Africa”.
A talented young woman from a rural village travels to the “Big City” of Johannesburg, South Africa to become a Star. She lands a role in a musical play about Zulu Queen Mkabayi, Shaka’s Aunt and searches for her identity as a performer, a Zulu, a woman and a daughter.
Will she be able to keep up with her more seasoned fellow performers, avoid the jealous machinations of the aging leading lady and survive the punishing rehearsal schedule to make it to opening night and shine like the star she is?
When people talk about the city, Johannesburg, they either imagine that there are Lions walking the streets or that we live in desperate slums. The Team wants to show the city in all its modern beauty. Most people will see something they never imagined. They want to show you that young African women are exactly the same as young Chinese women, American women, Brazilian women and German women. This film tells a universal story that is fun and entertaining while sending positive messages to young women everywhere.
Nicola Rauch and Mpho Ramathuthu, co-Producers on the feature film “She is King’. In the creator’s own words: We are independent filmmakers (as we all are in our country!) and as women, we wanted to make a movie about a strong, talented young woman with passion and a dream. We were inspired by TV series like “Empire”and “Smash” and films like “Pitch Perfect” and “Moulin Rouge”. Yes, we’re ambitious!
We included a backdrop of an incredible female African role-model, Mkabayi, who was King Shaka’s aunt and basically built the Zulu Nation with her brother and nephews. Our young lead actress is incredible and sings like an angel – a star is born. We chose a varied young ensemble cast to support her and some of our biggest local actors in the other lead roles.
We’ve been working on it for over 3 years and were thrilled to shoot in in June and July of this year with our Director Gersh, who has a commercials background. It was a tough shoot but the pictures are great, with really engaging performances, gorgeous locations and high production value. However, we need some funding to finish the film – the online, the grade and the final mix.
We have a commercial cinema release here in South Africa and the movie will also be on TV. But we believe that, with the proper finishing, the movie will appeal to audiences worldwide.
One of the goals on this movie was to show off South African music and we are really lucky to have tracks from Grammy winners Ladysmith Black Mambazo (the partners on Paul Simon’s Graceland album), Juluka, Brenda Fassie and a number of traditional Zulu musicians. If you enjoy world music, this movie is a must! Our movie is a passion project. Made for our daughters and our nieces and every young woman who has ever had a dream.
The Team has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $100,000 in order to complete the film the way they need to for international sales.
The whole budget of the film is about US$750,000 so the finishing portion is around 12,5% of the budget. The fund raised will be used for the following expenses:
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