SABC To Air Teboho Pietersen's Debut Film On Father's Day

SABC 2 is scheduled to screen Teboho Pietersen’s personal documentary film titled ‘Boys Don’t Cry’ on the 21st of June 2015, father’s day. The film explores the hard issues behind a man who sacrificed his life for the emancipation of his country but in the process was an absentee father. 

In Post Apartheid South Africa three generations of men affected by apartheid seek closure and healing from a recurring legacy of absenteeism from their fathers.

For the premise of this documentary film, Teboho Pietersen questions if his grandfather’s heroic acts as an apartheid activist means he had to neglect his family. During the film he discovers that the issues of absenteeism continue to plague his family til today. 

Nhlanhla Hlongwane, a factual commissioning editor at the SABC described the film as a ‘deeply personal, revealing story of a legacy of apartheid and its effects on family’. 

The film speaks volumes about the role parents undertake and the very tough decisions faced by parents when it comes to their own careers and families. 

Boys Don't Cry was funded by the National Film and Video Foundation and was later licensed by the SABC. Pietersen directs and produces it under his company 1000 Hugs Films and was distributed by Hybrid Docs. 

‘The film is unique from my other work as it is a personal journey film that is about my family and me. It took 4 years to complete’ says Pietersen 

The film is partly shot in Sweden where Teboho’s grandfather continues to reside. 

About Teboho Pietersen

The film is Teboho’s directing debut. He is a professional producer, writer and script editor of fiction and documentary films., this film marked his entry into the landscape of directing. 

He cites his inspiration as a filmmaker to the likes of Rehad Desai, Bridget Pickering, Jihan El-Tahri and many others who have mentored him in his career. . 

Teboho is also the current co-chair of the Documentary Filmmakers Association, an association that continues to strive to create a thriving culture of documentary appreciation in South Africa. 

Catch Boys Don't Cry on SABC2 on June 21st at 21h00 [Father's Day]. 

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