THE COLOR OF THE SKULL
WRITTEN BY SIBS SHONGWE-LA MER
PRODUCED BY MILLE ET UNE, HALAL, LAIKA1991
***WINNER OF ARTE INTERNATIONAL PRIX- CANNES L´ATELIER 2018***
A post-apartheid South Africa is thrust into a deep-rooted fear of an apocalyptic civil war as freedom fighter Nelson Mandela’s last breath nears. Situated beneath the grand Drakensberg Mountain next to a traditional Zulu settlement, a puritanical Afrikaner community prepare to fight for their land, culture, and lives as their enemy does the same. As the great racial war nears, various fractions of supremacist militia sound their calls drawing Pieter, a young white boy (13), into the hysteria by enlisting him in one of their camps. Meanwhile, fleeing from a dubious past in a burning Johannesburg, Thato (23), a young black man, arrives at the Zulu settlement where he will be drawn into an endless cycle of violence. In a time of mass paranoia and bloodshed, the two youths from each side must bear the scars of a nation’s deepest wounds.