Durban University of Technology’s Jabu Dlamini, who made a film about the abduction of young girls into marriage in rural areas, has been nominated in four categories for the 2017 Simon Mabhunu Sabela Awards.
Dlamini, a DUT Department of Somatology employee and Business Administration post-graduate student, who hails from Emazabekweni, rural Ixopo, did research that ultimately led her into writing a film called This Love – on the serious issue of young girls in some rural areas, who are captured and forced into marriage with older men. The film was first launched in July 2015 at Dlamini’s hometown, Ubuhlebezwe.
Two years since the emergence of the film, it has landed Dlamini a nomination for the Best Emerging Director, Best Isizulu play, Best Newcomer Actress (Film) and Best Screenplay. The Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film and Television Awards are named after South Africa’s legendary first Black film director, whose films were featured nationally and internationally. The awards are an initiative of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs. Amongst other nominees are SABC 1’s Uzalo, Mzansi Magic’s Isibiya and actresses such as Nomzamo Mbatha, Leleti Khumalo and Dawn Thandeka King, to name but a few.
Dlamini said the nomination was as good as a win and it motivated her to write, direct and produce more films that speak of the issues that affected society. “I am happy to be recognised for my craft, this nomination gives us a whole new drive as Lujabu Projects. It is very rare for upcoming talent from rural areas to be nominated for such a prestigious award. As women in the film and television industry we face so many challenges, so this is just as good as a win. I hope other upcoming women directors within this field will be motivated not to give up,” said Dlamini.
She further extended her gratitude to her family for the support, the parents of the children for trusting her with their children during rehearsals and shooting the film and the children who dedicated their time to the film. “This Love was made a success by everyone who contributed during my research and after the film was shot,” added Dlamini.
Pictured: Jabu Dlamini whose film has been nominated for the Simon Mabhunu Sabela Film and Television Awards.