Ubuhle Besintu, meaning ‘The Beauty of Culture’ in English, is a documentary that profiles South African knitwear designer Laduma Ngoxolo, the man behind the Maxhosa brand. The video portrait is a collaboration between Kathrin Raczek and Trevor Stuurman who created the short film during their Post Graduate year at AFDA.
In the documentary, Laduma talks openly about his upbringing in the Eastern Cape, his mother reading anthropology books to him and his siblings and how different this was to his peers who grew up entertained by television. Laduma refers to his Xhosa heritage as his inheritance; a gift from his mother that he holds dear and endeavours to honour through his work. While we listen to Laduma speak about the symbolism in the colours and patterns he uses and the significance of the names he gives his collections or pieces, we see him walk through the streets and surrounding veld of Cape Town and past the window installation of his Half Square collaboration. The documentary also follows the set up of a showcase of his work and includes footage from a runway show on Table Mountain at The Table of Peace and Unity.