First movie in ‘Fathers Matter’ film series premieres on SABC 2 on Saturday night

Struggling artist Ayize (Ebenhaezer Dibakwane) with his baby daughter, Zenzile, in a scene from Family Portrait which screens tomorrow

The Fathers Matter film series, which aims to spark a national conversation about fatherhood through compelling movies, premiere’s on SABC 2 and TelkomOne at 8.30pm tomorrow (Saturday September 17) with the screening of Family Portrait, the first film in the six-part series.

Family Portrait is the story of a struggling artist and devoted new father’s battle to win the trust of the scary mother of his girlfriend, who believes he is unfit to support her daughter and granddaughter. Key themes in the film include the importance of a father’s involvement in the first 1 000 days of a child’s life; the importance of a father’s role as a caregiver (rather than merely a financial provider); and the importance of extended family etc. allowing fathers to be involved in the lives of their children.

Heartlines, the producers of the series of 30-minute films, have also produced discussion guides which unpack the key themes of each film. The guides, which can be downloaded for free at, are designed for anybody interested in taking the important conversation about fatherhood in South Africa further with their friends, family, church group, colleagues, or anyone else. The discussion guides can also be obtained on WhatsApp, by sending “hi” to 060 058 2107. Discussion guides are available for Christian groups and for a broader audience.

Starting tomorrow, the six films will be aired on consecutive Saturdays at 8:30pm until October 22. Each film will be repeated on SABC 2 on the Thursday following its Saturday premiere. The films will also be accessible on the SABC video-on-demand app, TelkomONE which is downloadable from any app store or can be found at Viewings of the films outside of the airing dates can be organised by contacting the Heartlines team at

Family Portrait is in Sesotho and isiZulu, with English subtitles. The movie is directed by Twiggy Matiwana and cast members are Ebenhaezer Dibakwane (Ayize), Lebohang Mthunzi (Nomvula), Pascaline Phale (Cecelia), John Ncamane (Thebe) and Sello Motloung (Bra Vusi)

More information about the Fathers Matter film series is available at

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