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FILM FINALIST 2016/LUTHO SOMDYALA

“The Walls Could Talk” is a short film with the idea that certain things can be set in stone – or in this case, cement – and stand the test of time. Walls keep our secrets and impossible desires safe inside and our nightmares outside

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The Walls Could Talk” is a short film built around a cement wall, the idea that certain things can be set in stone – or in this case, cement – and stand the test of time. Walls keep our secrets and impossible desires safe inside and our nightmares outside.

Anna-Marie, 17, spends hours looking out her bedroom window. She is young, Afrikaans, and in love with a black builder in racist 1960’s South Africa. Muzi Khumalo, 20, is Zulu, beautiful and black, and lays concrete for a living.

Anna-Marie and Muzi exchange notes on the wet concrete wall with toothpicks and place a pot of roses so her parents won't see. By the time the cement dries, the parents find out, and the family later moves to Australia.

The film begins years later when Anna-Marie, now an old lady living in Australia, receives a phone call at 4am asking her to return to her childhood home, which is still in her name.

In a different South Africa, in a different home, one thing has stayed the same: behind the rose bush, a wall now covered by years of different paint colours. The love story she was once part of remains standing.

She phones a local hardware store and asks them to deliver cement so she can cover the wall. When the truck arrives, the owner, a handsome Zulu man, decides it's a job worth doing himself. Some walls speak – they tell long tales of love.

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