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Twenty-four years after migrating to Australia in search of a new life, Patricia and Courtney Nunn seem to have found it. The racial tensions and painful memories of living as 'mixed race' in Apartheid South Africa are a thousand miles away...but Africa isn't that easy to leave behind. When her grandparents appear to her in a vision, Patricia decides it is time to go back to Swaziland in Southern Africa: time to face the demons of the past and celebrate the richness of her African heritage. Accompanied by her filmmaker daughter, Patricia returns to Swaziland to perform the 'Gobuyisa' ceremony in honour of her ancestors. In doing so she awakens memories of her own dark childhood and encounters the prejudices of the mixed race community who still consider African ceremonies heathen and backward. Patricia's journey is emotional, unpredictable and finally a joyous celebration of individual strength and courage.

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Malla Nunn
Malla Nunn
Jo-anne McGowan


Patricia Nunn

Production Details

Production Completion
History and national identity, Religion and ethics
Production Company
Resonance Productions Pty Ltd

Selected Awards & Festivals

  • Silver Images Film Festival
  • Pan-African Film Festival
  • Zanzibar International Film Festival