Paul Madjadji’s Film “The Deal” is set to be release on 14 June

Paul Modjadji from Hammanskraal is a dancer, Choreographer, writer and creative director

Paul Modjadji is a dancer, choreographer, writer, and creative director from Hammankraal who is set to release his film, The Deal, on 14 June. The film with subtitles is about gender-based violence and its impact on mental health. The film stars great South African performers such as Dr Jerry Mofokeng, Abigail Kubeka, Aubrey Poo, Napo Masheane, and Matli Mahepeloa.

Mr Modjadji’s career started in Denmark on a dance scholarship and his work as an artist and activist has taken him to many parts of the world especially Africa. Since he return to the country he has been doing choreography and producing stage films and many other community projects.

The film is about Thandeka, an 18-year-old South African girl played by accomplished poet and actress Botlhale Boikanyo, who finds herself in a transactional sexual affair with a wealthy patron in the NFVF-funded film.

The film explores the topic of transgenerational transactional relationships, sometimes known as “blesser and blessee” connections in South Africa, as well as the toll that young girls often bear in pursuit of higher education. The film’s central theme is the thin line between coercion and consent.

The Deal, produced by Wandile Molebatsi and written and directed by Paul Modjadji, is the first film in South Africa to showcase a dementia-affected character and provide a glimpse into her life as well as the lives of her family and caretakers.

Abigail Kubeka, a veteran actor, portrays a character suffering from dementia for the first time. The latter thespian is best known for her long-running character on Generations and the Netflix series Queen Sono. She said she accepted the role because of its importance in raising dementia awareness in South Africa, where many people mistake cognitive decline for a normal part of aging rather than the disease it is.

Paul Modjadji, the film director said, the intersectionality of gender-based violence, high levels of poverty, and barriers to higher education are intertwined challenges that are exacerbated by racial and socioeconomic divisions that continue to separate society.

“I am glad that we get to premiere this film on what is widely regarded as Kids Month in South Africa, and I hope the film throws light on some of the issues that today’s youth face,” he said.

Katie Mohamed who is an executive producer said The Deal‘ encourages males to take responsibility, as it sparks vital debate. “I am honored to be a part of this film and to bring Thandeka’s narrative to life,” she said.

Botlhale, the starring role played by Katie Mohamedin, said the tragedy of this character touched her deeply and the storyline is stregrettably a sad reality for many women and girls in South Africa.

“I hope that through telling her narrative, we may bring to light realities, educate others, and alter people’s minds.” She said.

The Deal premieres on 14 June 2022 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Auditorium.