The SAST in Pretoria, South Africa, is proud to announce an exciting collaboration with multi-award winning director and AFDA’s first Artist in Residency in the Masters program Vusi’ Africa on the adaptation of the critically acclaimed film “Letters of Hope” into a musical play. The production is set to open in June and will bring the powerful story of hope, courage, and determination to the stage.
“Letters of Hope,” set in 1976 apartheid South Africa, follows the story of 16-year-old Jeremiah who aspires to be a policeman but faces opposition from his father, a local postman. Following his father’s death, Jeremiah uncovers his father’s secret courier service, delivering letters from freedom fighters in exile and prison to their families. The young protagonist faces a difficult choice: will he continue his father’s mission and deliver hope to those in need?
The film garnered the prestigious award for “Artistic Bravery” at the Durban International Film Festival, and now, the story will be brought to life on stage through an enthralling musical adaptation. The talented cast includes AFDA alumnus Aphiwe Mkefe, who plays the role of Jeremiah, Sibulele Gcililitshana, and Jet Novuka.
Vusi, a powerful force in contemporary South African filmmaking, has a strong track record of success. His films, such as the award-winning “Letters of Hope” (2019) and the highly acclaimed “Surviving Gaza” (2021), have earned him numerous awards and nominations, including the DIFF award for Artistic Bravery, the inaugural honorary SAFTA for Best Emerging Filmmaker, and 14 nominations at the 18th Africa Academy Movie Awards. He was also named one of the most influential young South Africans by Mail and Guardian in 2022. He is currently AFDA’s first Artist in Residency in the Masters program.
The SAST, the largest theatre complex in Africa, has a long history of supporting the arts and promoting talented performers. By partnering with Vusi, the SAST continues its commitment to showcasing outstanding productions that reflect the diversity and richness of South African culture and history.