Scriptwriter: Hanneke Schutte
Aspiring botanist Gideonette de la Rey is convinced she’s destined to die at an early age because of a family curse—a belief that only intensifies after her father suddenly passes away. Her mother decides to send her to her grandparents’ farm in Magoebaskloof to get away from all the talk of the curse and it is here that she meets Bhubesi, a deaf young boy who’s ‘training’ to become an astronaut. Now she has to decide whether she’s going to let the curse consume her life or whether she’ll choose to defy it.
Hanneke is a multi-award winning South African writer and director. She completed a BA in Zulu and Psychology and spent six years in advertising before embarking on a career as a filmmaker. Meerkat Maantuig (Meerkat Moonship), her second feature film, had its North American Premiere at the Austin Film Festival in Texas.
2017 Meerkat Maantuig