Lobola, A Bride’s True Price?

When an opinionated filmmaker agrees to marry her long-term boyfriend, she must decide if she will break with tradition and reject 'lobola', or not.

SA Premiere



Sihle Hlophe


South Africa



Running Time:

96 min


Siswati | isiZulu | SeSotho | isiXhosa | XiTsonga

Lobola, A Bride’s True Price follows the journey of filmmaker Sihle Hlophe who, faced with the impending approach of her marriage, questions the notion of lobola (payment of a bride price, traditionally in terms of cattle but now also in hard cash) in the face of her feminist beliefs and her anti-patriarchal stance. The film charts Hlophe’s journey from several years before her wedding up until the big day, during which time she documents numerous lobola negotiations around the country in an effort to properly research the issues. Fuelled by the tensions between the director’s feminist beliefs and her desire to please her family and respect her culture and ancestors, the film echoes tensions similar in cultures the world over in terms of shifting gender roles in the 21st century.