Mother to Mother

World Premiere
SA Premiere

Availability &
Screening Time:

400 tickets
Wed 26 Aug / 6pm + PANEL @ 6.55pm


Sara Christina Ferreira de Gouveia


South Africa



Running Time:

48 min



A filmed account of the stage version of Sindiwe Magona’s novel about the tragic killing of Amy Biehl during the pre-election violence of 1993, Mother to Mother explores the difficult channels of forgiveness, redemption and reconciliation from the perspective of the mothers of the killer and the victim. Based on the intimate one-woman play staged by singer, actress and playwright, Thembi Mtshali, the film seeks an understanding from the mother as she explains the direct consequences of apartheid, which influenced her son’s actions. Interspersed with the filmed theatrical production are personal interviews with Magona and Mtshali, as well as with students from the Western Cape. The result is an engaging and thought-provoking work of cinema that expands our collective humanity.

Our PANEL DISCUSSION around this film was recorded and is available on our YouTube channel, or embedded below.