Poet Botlhale Boikanyo lands lead role in local film ‘The Deal’

Poet and award-winning actress Botlhale Boikanyo landed a lead role in the locally produced film The agreement.

The 21-year-old, discovered for the first time thanks to a talent competition South Africa has talent in 2012, will star alongside veteran actors including Jerry Mofokeng waMakgetha and Abigail Kubeka.

Boikanyo, a recent film school graduate, said she felt honored to have been part of a project that gave her the opportunity to work with the comedians she grew up watching, adding that She was thrilled to land the role.

“My heart is filled with so much gratitude to have been a part of this impactful project alongside the actors I grew to admire. This story is close to my heart and I am so grateful that we can use art to make light on the issues that affect young people,” she said.

Boikanyo portrays Thandeka, who makes brave calls in her life trying to achieve her goals.

“I am so sad and yet so hopeful to see films about girls like Thandeka told in this light. Often times we judge young girls and women and never look beyond the circumstances that lead them to do such courageous appeals.

The agreement addresses day-to-day issues that many communities face, including gender-based violence, access to education, mental health, absent fathers, and transgenerational transactional relationships.

Other actors who are part of the production are Matli Mohapeloa, Aubrey Poo and Lesedi Masheane. The prime minister was hosted at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton on Wednesday evening to commemorate the youth of 1976, but the film officially airs in August on Showmax.

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Coceka Magubeni

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