“Happiness is a Four-Letter Word’ set to debut on SA screens


Happiness is a Four-Letter word is set for release at South African
cinemas on 19 February 2016. The film is based on the award-winning novel by
Nozizwe Cynthia Jele, which was named winner of the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize
2011: Best First Book, Africa Region.

Happiness is a Four-Letter Word tells the story of three black women
living out their dreams in Johannesburg. Mmabatho Montsho plays Nandi, a
successful lawyer, and the compulsive perfectionist, while Khanyi Mbau is Zaza, a
go-getter who lives the high life as a trophy wife, and Princess, a trend-setting art
gallery owner is played by Renate Stuurman. While all three support each other and
have everything they could ask for, they soon learn that happiness runs deeper than
just the accumulation of material possessions.

Director Thabang Moleya successfully translated the seminal novel into a visual
celebration of the experiences of being a black woman in modern day South Africa.

“As the first movie to be based on a book by a South African black female author,
and adapted for the screen by Busisiwe Ntuli, the movie Happiness is a Four-
Letter Word
is set to excite audiences around the world,’ says producer
Bongiwe Selane.


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