2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22


Saturday, March 21
7:00PM - 8:35PM

Stateside Theatre
719 Congress Ave


Set in picturesque South Africa, 'Lerato' follows the journey of a short tempered orange picker

Happy Diale and his rambunctious young daughter Lerato.

We meet the pair on the eve of Lerato's prestigious piano audition where we discover that her once in a lifetime opportunity has been put into jeopardy by the inaction of her father and his ruthless employer.

Happy must make a difficult decision and in order to get Lerato to the audition on time.

Section: Narrative Shorts Competition
Premiere Status: World Premiere
Country: USA/South Africa
Language: seTswana
Year: 2013
Runtime: 11min

Director: Thati Peele

Executive Producer: The Tiso Foundation, The Glass Foundation

Producer: Assal Ghawami, Nkoko Sekete, Thati Peele

Screenwriter: Thati Peele

Cinematographer: Chananun Chotrungroj

Editor: Lydia Chammas

Production Designer: Tumi Peele

Sound Designer: Carlos 'Storm' Martinez

Music: Brett Darmetko and Stephen Hudson

Principal Cast: Tebogo Selebogo, Mahlogonolo Dintswe, Connie Chaume, Rea Rangaka


Thati Peele (29) is statistician turned film director. She she worked as a line producer and an English teacher for the Korean Army. The Johannesburg native is currently studying her MFA at New York University where she is working on her sci-fi feature 'Black Water' for which she has been awarded the Spike Lee Production grant.

Public Film Contact
Thati Peele
Giant Killer Films
(917) 860-7644

Publicity Contact
Assal Ghawami



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