Khanyisile is a talented Singer/Dancer/Actor who wants to be a star. She travels from her home in Nongoma to audition for a new musical to be staged at the Joburg Theatre based on the life of Zulu Queen Mkabayi ka Jama, King Shaka’s aunt.
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?
“She is King” is a joyous celebration of Zulu culture in a glossy contemporary setting, showing off Joburg as the "Broadway of Africa". Think “Smash” meets “Lion King”..
Producer Mpho Ramathuthu is a young dynamic woman who has made her mark in the film and television industry for more than 10 years. She was a crucial member of the Scriptwriting Institute for 5 years and got involved in training every opportunity that came her way. She then joined the Script-to-Screen in indigenous languages from 2012 - 2015, where she was training the youth in and across South Africa. She has written and published 2 novels in Tshivenda language. She then became the Tshivenda Translator for the long-running Television drama “Muvhango” from 2011 - 2015. She was also a judge at the Sanlam Literature Youth Competition in 2013/4 and also in 2016/7.
She is the co-founder of The Griot Screenwriting Academy and she was part of the training program where she was mentoring and overseeing production of 10 Micro Budget Films in Kwa-Zulu Natal supported by the Durban Film Office in 2014/5. Mpho is also the founder and Producer of the “Breaking Borders Project” (African Women in Film Project) currently in production. She recently Co-Produced a Zulu Musical Feature Film called “She is King” that Premiered in December 2017. In 2018 Mpho joined the Mzansi Women film Festival as the Festival Manager.
Mpho Ramathuthu will be a festival guest at IIFF 2018