On a desperate search for an organ donor spot for her ailing niece, Iyaloo must travel to her post at the hospital for her night shift. What seems to be the usual drive to work turns into a life-shattering, heart-stopping altercation.

  • Thabani Makanza
    Lost Boys (2022)
  • Thabani Makanza
    Lost Boys (2022)
  • Tinotenda Hluyo
  • Nandipha Chauke
  • Ketsia Velaphi
    Key Cast
  • Heinrich Ignatius Crocker
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Runtime:
    12 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    1,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    South Africa
  • Country of Filming:
    South Africa
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Arri ProRes 4444
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
    Yes - AFDA Cape Town
  • Cape Town
    South Africa
    November 26, 2022
    AFDA Graduation Festival
    Nominated for Critics Award
Director Biography - Thabani Makanza

Thabani Makanza, a visionary Writer & Director hailing from Namibia, brings a refreshing blend of creativity and passion to his craft. With his roots firmly planted in Cape Town, South Africa, he has honed his directorial skills, captivating audiences with his magnetic storytelling approach. Drawing viewers into his projects with a magnetic force, Thabani's commitment to excellence and groundbreaking innovation shines through in every endeavor. His distinctive perspective and artistic vision mark him as an unstoppable trailblazer in the industry.

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Director Statement

"Iyaloo" is a short film that aims to immerse the audience in a gripping and emotionally charged moment of Iyaloo's life. This narrative delves into the complex struggle between personal desires and societal expectations. As a medical care practitioner, Iyaloo faces an agonizing choice when her niece's life hangs in the balance. Through this film, I explore the profound question: "What would you do if you believed you could escape the consequences?"

Within the South African context, the film delves into power dynamics and intersectionality, adding depth to the audience's understanding of the story. These underlying themes resonate with viewers on a subtextual level, while the main plot creates suspense, keeping them on the edge of their seats.

My intention as the director was to create an immersive experience that draws the audience into the moral dilemma faced by Iyaloo. Through meticulous storytelling and visual composition, I sought to evoke empathy and provoke thought. The film captures the internal struggle of a conflicted protagonist, navigating the blurred lines between personal and professional responsibilities.

With "Iyaloo," I aimed to create a cinematic journey that challenges societal norms, raises ethical dilemmas, and explores the human condition. It is my hope that this film captivates and resonates with viewers, sparking conversations long after the credits roll.