Set against the backdrop of the success of the first democratic elections and the launch of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa, Zulu Love Letter is a story of two mothers in search of their daughters. In the film, Thandeka Khumalo is challenged with mending her estranged relationship with her thirteen-year-old daughter, Simangaliso, who grew up with her grandparents because of Thandeka's career and political commitments,
and with dealing with her own guilt and grief.
Marking the ebb-and-flow of the adults' attempts to deal with the historical inheritances of apartheid, is the beaded "Love Letter" that Simangaliso is weaving as a gift to her mother. It encapsulates the power of the arts in fostering memory-work, healing and love.
The script of Zulu Love Letter won the Special Jury Prize -Best Script 2001, France, 15th Edition, Grand Prix du Meilleur Scenariste, Paris, and has won ten prestigious international awards. The book is richly illustrated with photographs.