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Losing Lerato
(Day I Lost My Dad, The)  5482
‘Losing Lerato’ - When all legal recourse fails, Thami decides to kidnap his daughter from his estranged wife, and ends up in a hostage situation. South African action-thriller.

Release date: Fri 13 Sep 2019
Distributor:Indigenous Film DistributionIndigenous Film Distribution
Running time:96 (1h36')
Age restriction:13 L V

A successful, young black man who takes matters into his own hands by kidnapping his daughter after life, the law, and the woman he once loved separates him from his child.

His actions put him on a collision course with that law, and he finds himself in a high-stakes hostage situation.

Genre: Drama, Suspense
Cast: Kagiso Modupe, Tshimillo Modupe, Samela Tyebooi, Thato Molamu, Nolo Phiri, Mpaseka Koetle, Ayanda Borotho, Zandile Msutwana
Directed by: Sanele Zulu
Screenplay: Ricardo Arendse
Music: Brian Temba
Language: Zulu, English
Country / Year: South Africa,  2019


Thami has recently lost his job at a top firm following fraud allegations. This is the last straw for his wife, who, fearing a drop in her living standard, abandons her marriage, taking their daughter, Lerato, with her.

Thami is desperate to maintain a relationship with his daughter, while Noluthando does everything in her power to ensure that he’s denied access to his child.

After exhausting all legal recourse, and desperate to be reunited with his daughter, Thami kidnaps Lerato from school. Thami’s actions put his life, and that of Lerato and bystanders, in danger—and leads to a high-stakes hostage situation on a bus.