Director: Ramadan Suleman
Country: South Africa
Year: 1997
Running Time: 90 min
Language: English, Afrikaans, and Zulu


Professor Zemani is well-respected in his community, though everyone knows he had an affair with one of his students and sold out his early resistance to apartheid. When Zani, brother of the young woman Zamani debauched, returns from his studies in Swaziland, he idealistically dreams of redeeming the teacher. Suleman’s strong directorial debut is “not about the eternal conflict between the ‘white devil’ and the ‘noble black,’ but simply the black people of South Africa – the state of their consciences, eduction, their brutal oppression by the South Afrikaners, sexual violence, and the place of women in the South African community.”

About the Director

Ramadan Suleman

atxl Ramadan SulemanBiography: Ramadan Suleman was born in 1955 in South Africa. He studied at the School for Research in African Theater and continued his career in theater as an actor and director. He also studied film in Paris and London and has worked as assistant director with two of Africa’s legendary filmmakers: Med Hondo on Lumière Noire and Souleymane Cissé on Waati. Suleman’s short film The Devil’s Children won a Certificate of Merit at the Chicago Film Festival. Fools was his first feature film. The award-winning Lettre d’amour zoulou / Zulu Love Letter (2004) and the documentary Zwelidumile (2010) are his most recent films.

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:  
Fools (1998).

Fools (1997);
Zulu Love Letter (2004);
Zwelidumile (2010).