Directors: Zola Maseko, Zola Maseko
Writer: Zakes Mda

  • COUNTRY : South Africa


“The Whale Caller” is a film based on Zakes Mda’s best selling book. It is an enchanting romantic comedy of sorts told through lyrical and magical storytelling. The story is set against the backdrop of the stunningly beautiful Hermanus, on the west coast of South Africa, the story follows the Whale Caller, a man who has long turned his back on humanity. It’s a heart-warming story about his journey from misanthropic alienation to human connection, driven by a unique love triangle between him and Saluni, the wispy sexy town drunk who harbours ideas of grandeur and Sharisha, a Southern Right whale. An enchanting romantic-comedy of sorts told with poetry and magic. Since childhood the Whale Caller has been calling the Whales to Hermanus and seems more in love with a whale he named Sharisha than the woman who loves him, Saluni. Will he be brave enough to connect with humanity again… and brave enough to love?

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