Screening at Los Angeles’ Laemmle North Hollywood beginning Aug 14 through 20, director Townsend’s documentary short “Noma (Forgiving Apartheid)” tells the decades-spanning story of Swaziland-born actress Noma Dumezweni, who at the height of apartheid fled Africa with her mother when she was seven.
Living in England since she arrived as a refugee, Dumezweni became an award-winning stage actress who was offered a role in a play as South African psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela. The trauma and memory specialist famously interviewed South African police colonel turned torturer Eugene de Kock. Noma soon learns that this part will re-shape her identity and return her to memories of her homeland and of her father.
“Noma” is written and directed by Emmy-nominee Townsend, and produced by John Gore.