Valley of a Thousand Hills – Movie Review
Director: Bonie Sithebe
Writer: Bonie Sithebe, Philani Sithebe (Screenplay)
- Sibongokuhle Nkosi
- Mandisa Vilakzai
Plot: A young woman who comes from a conservative village must choose between living a lie to stay the perfect Zulu daughter, or risk her life for true love. Nosipho has a secret. She is a loving daughter held up as an example in her community, with a domineering father who has chosen a potential husband for her. But her soulmate and one true love is a woman.
Runtime: 1 Hour 38 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Valley of a Thousand Hills starts when Ms Nosipho Mpenza a teacher and is looking for more freedom from her controlling father. Nosipho is from a strict Zulu family, where her father has already planned her marriage.
However, Nosipho doesn’t want to go through it because she is in love with Thenjiwe a woman. This relationship goes against anything the town would accept, forcing her down a path of difficult decisions.
Verdict on Valley of a Thousand Hills
Valley of a Thousand Hills is a romantic drama following two women who are in love in a community that forbids same-sex relationships. It would bring shame to their families, and they must decide what they want to do with their lives.
This movie highlights the difficult lives homosexuals still face in certain communities. Knowing what makes them happy, but being held back from what makes other people happy. It brings important awareness to the lives of many and shows the need to change traditions that block too much happiness.
Where to Watch: Valley of a Thousand Hills is available on Netflix
Final Thoughts –Valley of a Thousand Hills is a heart breaking forbidden love story.