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The Whale Caller

Drama

101 Minutes

South Africa

Zola Maseko

English

TBA


The Pan African Film and Arts Festival

Based on the novel by renowned South African author, Zakes Mda.The seaside village of Hermanus is overrun with whale-watchers; foreign tourists determined to see whales in their natural habitat. But when the tourists have gone home, the Whale Caller lingers at the shoreline, wooing a whale he has named Sharisha with cries from a kelp horn. When Sharisha fails to appear for weeks on end, the whale caller frets like a jealous lover, oblivious to the fact that the town drunk, Saluni, a woman who wears a silk dress and red stiletto heels, is infatuated with him. The two misfits eventually fall in love. But each of them is ill equipped for romance. relationship suggests deeper concern is not so much the fragility of love, but the fragility of life itself when one surrenders wholly to the foolish heart.