Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her younger sister to Johannesburg, she must cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager. When Busi discovers an abandoned young girl in the hospital, who believes she is tormented by a supernatural force known as the Tokolosche, Busi must face her own demons from her past in order to save the child from the abusive monster that pursues them both relentlessly. Based on a local folk legend
about a demon that hunts children. This debut feature from
Jerome Pikwane marks the return of African horror to MOTELX after Richard Stanley’s visit in 2015, and denounces
feminine opression in South African patriarchal society.
DIRECTOR Jerome Pikwane SCRIPT Jerome Pikwane & Richard Kunzmann
PRODUCER Cati Weinek & Dumi Gumbi
CAST Petronella Tshuma, Kwande Nkosi, Dawid Minnaar
LANGUAGE English, Zulu SUBTITLES Portuguese, English