ORIGINAL TITLE: WAMKELEKILE
ENGLISH TITLE: WELCOME BACK
COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION: SOUTH AFRICA
LANGUAGES: English, Xhosa
GENRE. Drama, comedy
EXIBITION FORMATS: MPG, DVD, SP BETA
SHOOTING FORMAT: 16 mm
AUDIO FORMAT: STEREO
DIRECTOR: DOROTEA VUČIĆ
PRODUCER: AFDA & ANDOVER PRODUCTION
WRITER: DOROTEA VUČIĆ
AWARDS: NOMINATION FOR OSCAR, FOREIGN STUDENT FILM, 2009
SAFTA FOR ART DESIGN, SOUTH AFRICA, 2010
AWARD FOR EXCELLENCY IN FILM MAKING, 2008
INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL CLERMONT- FERRAND, FRANCE
NATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL, SOUTH AFRICA
DURBAN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, SOUTH AFRICA
EDINBOURGH FILM FESTIVAL, SCOTLAND
ROTTERDAM FILM FESTIVAL, NETHERLANDS
Daniel Morcos, ANDOVER PRODUCTION
LOGLINE: Some days just won't go as planned.
SYNOPSIS: “Wamkelekile - Welcome Back” is a story of an estranged son, Lukhanyo, who reunites with his mentally challenged father, Simpiwe, and must come to terms with himself as well as his father. When Lukhanyo is forced to go back to the farm he grew up in to collect his father, Simpiwe, memories of his eccentric and difficult childhood return. In time, Lukhanyo finds himself stuck with his father faced against the elements of vast landscapes, coincidental fate, and trying jobs to discover his place in time and the place in his father’s heart.
DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT: Wamkelekile is my graduation film from South African School of Motion Picture Media and Live Performance. It is a universal story that crosses continents. The film was nominated for an OSCAR in category Foreign Student Film.
Dorotea Vučić (1973, Croatia) graduated Art History and Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Zagreb. She completed her graduate studies in Film Directing and Screenwriting at the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance in Cape Town. Her graduation film, WAMKELEKILE has received the Board of Executives Award For Filmmaking Excellence (by AFDA) as well as nomination for Academy Award (OSCARS) in 2009 and was part of the acclaimed festivals all over the world.
Dorotea has worked on numerous media projects in Croatia abroad as writer, director and producer.
WAMKELEKILE, short, writer, director, 2009.
CHOCOLATE CAKE, short, writer, director, 2010.
LILLY ON THE MOON; short, writer, director, 2013.