Blood is calling
The ancestors don’t SMS or Whatsapp, but that doesn’t stop them from sending Nosipho a message.
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Nosipho Xulu (Nompilo Maphumulo) is a modern woman, but given her family’s history, she knows all too well that certain dreams are more than crazy brain cartoons. And on Wednesday 17 October, something is different in Nosipho’s night-time world. “She dreams of an old lady who is with her in the veld. All of a sudden, she meets her there and she feels a connection to her. When she wakes up, she feels that it’s something that she should be paying attention to,” explains Nompilo. Nosipho’s growing obsession with her dreams puts her at odds with her police officer lover Mondli (Thembinkosi Thwala) as Nosipho seems to lose touch with reality on Monday 22 October. “The dreams are getting weird for her and they are scaring her. Then she starts seeing people from her dreams in the crowd when she was awake. The dreams start affecting her physically. She feels shaken and then she starts sleepwalking,” reveals the actress. But Nosipho isn’t going cuckoo; she is being called…
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS
Nosipho’s doctor urges her to undergo treatment in a psychiatric ward on Thursday 25 October but she knows that it isn’t the answer she’s looking for. “She believes that she isn’t crazy. She is scared but the power of her dreams convince her that it’s real. Her dreams feel real and when she sees the granny in a crowd, she feels that it’s real and that the messages that she is getting from this woman are real,” says Nompilo. “There’s an incident where her new stepmother MaMlambo (Gugu Gumede) says that she can sense something unsettling when she sees Nosipho on Friday 26 October. And when Nosipho makes contact with a sangoma on Monday 29 October, she finally gets an explanation that feels right: the ancestors are calling her to become a sangoma herself.
ASKED & ANSWERED
Accepting as she is, Nosipho will still need to unravel some of her own misconceptions about how following this message and becoming a sangoma will change her life. “After the ritual is done, she is told by her sangoma guide that she will have to go back to her normal life but that she must watch for signs that the ancestors have a message for her, because it will come to her in her dreams. It scares her but she knows that she cannot turn away from it,” explains Nompilo. “There is a theory that being a sangoma makes you crazy. And she worries about how the whole community is going to take it. How will this affect her job, how will it affect her relationship? She finds out that it’s not as dark as she thinks. You can live your life, a normal life.” And for Nosipho, there is something special about the trust and acceptance that the ancestors are placing in her. “She is the most innocent person in the family. She is the only person who has no murders on her hands – you know all the Xulus are corrupt. So she feels really blessed that the ancestors have chosen her. It feels like a gift has been passed to her,” says Nosipho.
A THORNY PATH
This is just the beginning of Nosipho’s journey though and it’s going to be fraught with enemies around every corner. For starters, she is going to be led into dangerous territory with ancestral gravesites and land claims. “Nosipho gets sick, almost to death, because it takes so long. This is not child’s play,” hints Nompilo.
MENTAL IMAGE Nompilo has no idea what her character’s dream scenes will look like onscreen. “I don’t know what I was doing! I don’t know what they look like and I really want to see now,” she laughs.
Nosipho’s dreams become more disturbing thanks to the arrival of an old woman.
Her guide leads Nosipho into the unknown.