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Losing Lerato


 Sanele Zulu

Losing Lerato is a beautifully told South African action/thriller about a young black successful man who takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter after life, the law and the woman he once loved come between them. He puts himself in harm’s way when he decides to kidnap his own daughter from school, hoping to start a new life in a new city, but all hell breaks loose and he finds himself in a high stakes bus hostage situation and comes face to face with the law. The story aims to prove that a “relationships between a child and parent are worth more than ‘papgeld’. Papgeld is a word which commonly used in South Africa to define child maintenance. 

The content of the film offers real life issues, honesty, and authentic South African references, but is it human interest global story. The film will resonate with any man who has ever found himself separated from his child by a vengeful mother who seeks to destroy him, knock him while he’s down or has ever had to face the wrath of the law as a result of failing to pay a maintenance order for his child. In South Africa, criminal charges may be brought against a person who fails to pay the maintenance as stipulated by their maintenance order and they may face jail time not exceeding three years and/or a fine.