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Monday, February 15, 2016


(Renate Stuurman, Mmabatho Montsho & Khanyi Mbau)

Happiness is a Four-letter Word is set to debut on South African screens on February 19 2016!

An ordinary Johannesburg morning in July 2015 will forever be marked as the historic and memorable day on which the shooting of the movie Happiness is a Four-letter Word began. 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.

Directed by Thabang Moleya is acknowledged to have successfully translated the seminal novel into a visual celebration of the experiences of being a black woman in modern day South Africa.

Co-produced by Durban’s Junaid Ahmed along with Bongiwe Selane and Helena Spring, the story of Happiness is a Four-Letter Word revolves around the lives 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 plays a go-getter who lives the high life as a trophy wife. 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 accumulation of material possessions.

“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. This film is fast becoming a most important and entertaining piece of South African film culture,” says producer Bongiwe Selane.

Lira who composed a song for the movie titled Rhythms of My Heart said “it is an absolute privilege to be associated with this wonderful project”.

The film opens nationwide in SterKinekor cinemas on February 19.