My grandfather – the pianist


Production by Zama Luthuli
Many black South Africans lost memories and documents due to being displaced during apartheid. Zama Luthuli’s family is no different. In this video she writes a letter to her late grandfather who she has a deep connection with though she has never met him. Her grandfather’s dream was to become a piano player, something that has truly inspired her. The theme of the video speaks to how black people in South Africa have been denied their dreams because of this country’s history.
Archive footage is used to tell this story because of the lack of documentation of Zama’s grandfather’s life.

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