The Gift (Umkhungo)

Director: Matthew Jankes
Country: South Africa
Year: 2011
Running Time: 26 min
Language: English and Zulu

A disillusioned Johannesburg street thug rescues an orphaned child with uncontrollable supernatural powers. On the run, he must help the sickly boy master his gift before a superstitious family member finds them.

About the Director

Matthew Jankes

mattjenkesBiography: Matthew Jankes is a filmmaker born and raised in South Africa. He studied film through the University of Cape Town and the South African School of Motion Picture Medium (AFDA), training in writing, directing and cinematography. In between making short films he directs, shoots and edits music videos. In 2010 he was part of the Africa First program helmed by Focus Features. The resulting film, Umkhungo (The Gift), was released in 2011.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Umkhungo [The Gift] (2011).

Umkhungo [The Gift] (2011).