VANISHING ELEPHANT

HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH

2020 | NARRATIVE | 10' | 4:3 / 2:35.1 | SESOTHO, ISIZULU & ENGLISH LANGUAGE | SUBTITLES: ENGLISH, FRENCH 

LOGLINE

Tau, a Mountain. Tumelo, a Fire. They approach each other. 

STATEMENT

We find HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH at a crossroads of emerging stories: queerness in Africa, traditional expectations of men within those African cultures, and the isolation that many of us find ourselves currently dealing with. 

 

It is our hope that this film serves as a snapshot of a moment, in which Tau’s realization about their sexuality acts as an accelerant that sets Tumelo on his own journey. 

 

Reflection in isolation, concerning a space as highly contested as the black body. 

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CREW

Executive Producers

Story

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Director & Screenwriter

Producer

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Cast

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Narrator

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1st AD

Production Assistant

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Director of Photography

1st AC

2nd AC

3rd AC

Additional Camera

On-Set Sound

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Art Direction

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BTS Photographer

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Editor

Sound Editing & Mixing

Scoring & Composition

Compositor

Colourist

Poster Design

Locations 

Ecologist

Casting

Zulu Translation

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Gear​

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Insurance

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Thanks

Petrus van Staden, Tebogo Malebogo

Tebogo Malebogo, Petrus Van Staden

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Tebogo Malebogo

Petrus van Staden

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Thapelo Maropefela

Sizo Mahlangu

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Balindile ka Ngcobo

Nala Khumalo

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Walter Mzengi

Hannah Innacio

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Jason Prins

Mark Van Zyl

Emile van Straaten

Paul Wallington

Luis Trujillo Garrido, Caleb Willoughby

JD Degendaar

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Ornella Steduto

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Joshua La Grange

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Petrus van Staden

Frank David

Elu Eboka, Evan Roth

Jean Redelinghuys

Fran Verveckken @ Priest Post

Aleksander Walijewski

Jackie Tranmere

Mark Wilmot​

Disco Casting

Maqhawe Madonsela

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Panavision

Panalux

Soundspeed

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GIB Insurance

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Van Staden Family

Moagi & Malebogo Family 

Cape Nature Reserve

Athi-Patra Ruga

Leila Walter

Christopher Lawrence

Pierre de Villiers

Nicholas and Phillip Doble

Wako Sefara

Holli Bennett

Ahmad Ksibi

Indra Crittin

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