Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square

Good Madam
(Mlungu Wam)

Year: 2021
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Language: Xhosa, English
Run Time: 92 minutes

Good Madam
Good Madam
Good Madam

Reeling from her beloved grandmother’s death, Tsidi and her daughter Winnie have nowhere to turn. In reluctant desperation, Tsidi heads to Constantia, a white, well-to-do suburb of South Africa’s Cape Town, where her mother lives and works as an in-home caretaker for bedridden Diane. The gated drive, manicured lawn, and timeless porcelain teacups only bring jarring flashbacks for Tsidi from when she visited as a child. And this stirs up triggering memories and resentment for her mother, who has spent more of her life caring for Diane than her own daughter. Suspicions lurk around every corner, and Tsidi prays every night for protection from the house that echoes eerie whispers and plagues her with unexplainable visions. She pleads with her aging mother to leave and fears her unwavering devotion to Diane is a result of a preeminent power looming in their midst. Riddled with deep-seated angst and unnerving racial undertones, GOOD MADAM creeps in slowly, its ominous power overtaking any sense of ease or contentment. —A.B.

CIFF46 Screenings

Westfield Studio Theatre

Thursday, March 31, 2022 at 2:25 PM

Friday, April 01, 2022 at 9:55 PM

Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: Yes

Related Event
46th CIFF College Program

Sidebars
After Hours
Black Cinema
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Competitions
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman
International Narrative Competition

Director

Director
Jenna Cato Bass

Producers
Jenna Cato Bass, Barbara Baartman, Kristina Ceyton, Samantha Jennings

Screenwriting
Babalwa Baartman, Jenna Cato Bass, Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya, Sanda Shandu, Khanyiso Kenqa, Chris Gxalaba, Peggy Tunyiswa, Sizwe Ginger Lubengu, Siya Sikawuti, Steve Larter

Cinematography
Jenna Cato Bass

Editing
Jacques de Villiers

Principal Cast
Chumisa Cosa, Nosipho Mtebe, Kamvalethu Jonas Raziya , Sanda Shandu, Khanyiso Kenqa, Sizwe Ginger Lubengu, Siya Sikawuti, Peggy Tunyiswa, Chris Gxalaba

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