Congratulations are in order: Nondumiso Tembe shines in LA as Zulu Wedding scoops two awards at the Pan African Film Festival.
It’s been a great start to the year for LA-Based South-African Actor, Nondumiso Tembe, who is currently beaming after the South African flick, Zulu Wedding, scooped two awards – Best picture and Best narrative feature – at the 28th Pan African Film Festival in Los Angeles last Sunday.
Zulu Wedding directed by Lineo Sekeleoane tells the story of Lu – played by internationally accomplished South African actress, singer, dancer – Nondumiso Tembe. Lu left South Africa and her Zulu-Sotho heritage behind to chase her dream of becoming a dancer in America, and when she falls in love with Tex, she knows he’s the man to marry. But when she brings Tex home to meet her family, she discovers how she has been promised since birth to a Zulu king. Caught between two men, two families, and two countries, Lu has to come to terms with who she is, so she can muster up all the strength to fight for what she wants.
Nondumiso Tembe, has garnered wide recognition and acclaim for her emotionally intense portrayal of tragic Creole maid, Mavis in the Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning HBO hit show” True Blood”; and the feisty and scandalous Miss Mya, on one of South Africa’s popular television show “Generations.” But it is her ferocious and nuanced portrayal of women’s rights and girls’ education activist, Naomi Ajimuda, on History Channel and A+E Studios new breakout military drama, “SIX,” which many consider to be the strongest, most compelling performance of her career. Playing one of the woman-leads opposite award winning actor, Walton Goggins; on one of the best new television shows of 2017.
Tembe has also appeared on the popular CBS series “NCIS:LA as well as America’s number 1 hit TV show “NCIS” and in 2016, she made a special guest starring appearance on ABC’s detective drama “Castle”. Tembe’s theatre resume is varied and extensive, having performed in noted productions at some of America’s most prestigious theatres, including the McCarter Theater at Princeton, Yale Repertory Theatre, the Miller Theatre at Columbia and the Boston Court Theatre and Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles.
2019 was a busy year for Nondumiso, she played the title role of Lindiwe in “Lindiwe” – a musical drama featuring the Ladysmith Black Mambazo and premiered at the renowned Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago.
Speaking before the close of the festival Minister Nathi Mthethwa congratulated the cast: “Join us in celebrating one of our own home brewed films, ‘The Zulu Wedding’ as it will be closing the Pan African Film Festivals this coming Sunday in Los Angeles. An achievement such as this one, makes our nation proud. raising our flag high. Halala!”.
Zulu Wedding also starring American actor Darrin Dewitt Henson alongside South African actors Pallance Dladla and Jerry Phele has further been nominated for the SAFTA awards taking place in March 2020.
About the Pan African Film Festival
The Pan African Film Festival was created by Danny Glover and – in 1992 , every year PAFF-LA showcases over one hundred fifty(150) quality films and over one hundred(100) fine artists and unique craft persons from the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, Latin America, South America, Europe, the South Pacific and Canada, all showcasing the diversity and complexity of people of African descent. PAFF has premiered and hosted special screenings of top black films including Black Panther, Think Like a Man and Vaya (South Africa/Nigeria)