“Walls of Leila” – Love Story Between Cape Malay Girl & African American Boy Set In Cape Town

"Walls of Leila" - Love Story Between Cape Malay Girl & African American Boy Set In Cape Town

Courtesy of our friends at Africa Is A Country:

Filmmaker Amirah Tajdin and her producer sister Wafa Tajdin are currently working on their first feature, titled “Walls of Leila,” and are running a Kickstarter campaign to help launch their production. For two young, clearly talented filmmakers, this is a film project worth backing… The film is described as “… a love story set in Cape Town South Africa that chronicles the life of Leila, a young Cape Malay girl who falls in love with an American boy, Derek, who happens to be black. When the intricacies and prejudices of race and religion (which are still very prominent in postcolonial Cape Town) throw Leila off balance, she finds herself forced to make difficult decisions as well as questioning her own degree of prejudice. She is ultimately caught between breaking the hearts of her family and/or her lover.”

I like the look and feel of the teaser below, even though it’s a rough piece the filmmakers are using to give you a glimpse at their vision for the film they intend to make; I’m curious to see what develops here.

So watch the pitch below and if you’re moved to action, click within the Kickstarter widget underneath the video to make your contribution. As of this post, they’ve raised $965 of the $17,000 campaign goal, with 37 days left.

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Comments

CareyCarey

Please excuse me for what I am about to say. Call me a racist and kick me in my ass, but I'd rather watch 10 hours of the unedited edition of Snow On Tha Bluff and wear blackface at a KKK rally than watch 10 minutes of Mandigo on the cape. Seriously, Blutopaz called it right. Po Ms. Polly "pure" Bread has taken a bite from the forbidded black fruit. OH LORD! But now she finds herself forced to make difficult decisions as well as questioning her own degree of prejudice. She is ultimately caught between breaking the hearts of her family and/or her lover! So she's questioning her own degree of Prejudice? Huuuum, I wonder what her concerns are? Nope, I'm sorry, I don't care and I'd rather give 10 bucks to that guy holding that sign by the side of the road, than throw my money in this bucket of love. There's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza, there's a hole in the bucket, dear Liza, there's a hole.

SidneyP

@Blutopaz, perhaps that would be a project for you.

AccidentalVisitor

Can't comment on the quality of the story but the footage is beautiful.

BluTopaz

Seems like every race/nationality under the sun has made a film about falling in love with the dreaded Black person. For once I would like to see the Black love interest (male or female, no dif) who has to struggle with their own and their family prejudices against non-Blacks. And in a drama, not a comedy. The synopsis here is like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner in an exotic locale.

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