SXSW 2018 Women Directors: Meet Nosipho Dumisa— “Number 37”

“Number 37”

Nosipho Dumisa has directed and produced award-winning short films and commercials, and has extensive television credits. Dumisa is one of the first black female feature film directors from South Africa. Television series “Suidooster” and short “Nommer 37” are among her previous credits. “Number 37” is Dumisa’s feature directorial debut.

“Number 37” will premiere at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival on March 10.

W&H: Describe the film in your own words.

Nd: “Number 37” is a thriller about a down-on-his-luck paraplegic man who, when he witnesses a murder committed by a ganglord, [becomes involved in] a dangerous blackmail scheme in order to evade the sadistic loan shark he owes money to. It’s all about what can go wrong when ambition, curiosity, greed, fear, and horrific bad decision-making collide.

W&H: What drew you to this story?

Nd: Having grown up watching genre films like thrillers, horror — gorging myself on them when my parents were asleep — action,

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