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Meerkat Maantuig
(Meerkat Moonship)  4451

Release date: Fri 16 Mar 2018
Running time:95 (1h35’)
Age restriction:10–12PG H

Jou wêreld is so groot soos jou verbeelding.

Gideonette, a timid and visionary girl, lives with her parents in a small town. Her dad, Gideon, battles daily to allay her fears about the curse of the Gideon de La Reys. Throughout their family history, every Gideon de La Rey died in a freak accident at a young age. In order to prove everyone wrong, Gideon named his daughter Gideonette. Although Gideonette has endured endless teasing about the curse, her dad has tried to convince her that they’ll both grow old.

When he suddenly dies, her worst fears are realised, and she retreats into a dark world where her imagination runs wild. When her mom packs her off to her grandparents, Gideonette meets Bhubesi, a deaf boy who’s ‘training’ to become an astronaut. While Gideonette’s grandfather builds Bhubesi a moon ship, the brave boy wins her trust, and they embark on a curious wordless friendship that helps her realise that she can't hide from death.

When fate hands her a final blow and her newfound strength is tested, she has to decide whether she’s going to let the curse consume her or defy it.

Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Coming-of-age
Cast: Anchen du Plessis, Rika Sennett, Pierre Van Pletzen, Themba Ntuli
Hanlé Barnard, Drikus Volschenk
Directed by: Hanneke Schutte
Screenplay: Hanneke Schutte
Music: Clare Vandeleur
Produced by: André Scholtz, Dries Scholtz
Language: Afrikaans

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