Mirror Mirror

Luthando is intent on sensually exploring her own body. Unfortunately, neither the Internet nor magazines have particularly helpful tips for her. Calling her best friend via FaceTime, she vents her frustration. However, Jodie encourages her to continue her journey of discovery. In her dazzling comedy, Sandulela Asanda tells a colourful and multifaceted tale about female body identities and sexual self-determination.
by Sandulela Asanda
with Luhle Macanda, Buhle Ngaba, Mpumi Sizani
South Africa 2022 English, Xhosa 9’ European premiere recommendation: 14 years and up


  • Luhle Macanda (Luthando)
  • Buhle Ngaba (Jodie)
  • Mpumi Sizani (Phumeza)


Director Sandulela Asanda
Screenplay Sandulela Asanda
Cinematography Pierre De Villiers
Editing Shelby Ncube
Music Moonchild Sanelly
Production Design Gift Bilbana
Producers Cait Pansegrow, Elias Ribeiro

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Sandulela Asanda

The filmmaker is a graduate of the AFDA Film School in Cape Town. Her student film Nongqawuse was selected as the South African entry for the 2019 BRICS Film Festival. She is an alumna of the Locarno Film Festival’s BaseCamp, the Durban FilmMart and the Realness African Screenwriters’ Residency. She is currently writing her debut feature, Black Burns Fast, a coming-of-age story about a Black teenage girl’s journey of self-discovery while she is attending an elite, predominantly white high school.

Filmography (short films)

2018 Nongqawuse 2022 Mirror Mirror

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023