Tuesday 26th May 2020

Mpiletso Motumi - The Star - 

Losing Lerato made a big impact at the 2020 Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema, winning six awards for the cast.

Kagiso Modupe, who self-funded the film, walked away with the Best Actor Feature award at the California event.

Samela Tyelbooi scooped the Best Actress Feature while Modupe’s daughter Tshimollo, who starred in her first role, won Best Child Performance.

The film also won the Golden Era Humanitarian Narrative award with musician Brian Temba walking away with the Best Original Score for his music in the film.


The film tells a story of a successful young black man who takes matters into his own hands when he fights for the right to be with his daughter.

The law and the woman he once loved try to separate him from his child. He eventually collides with the law when he kidnaps his daughter from school and promises her a new life in a new city.

Modupe, whose cast includes Don Mlangeni, Tyelbooi, Thato Molamu, Nolo Phiri and Mapaseka Koetle, said the message he wanted people to get from the film was not to use children to fight relationship battles.

Modupe said it took him three-and-a-half years to see the project come to life. The film also walked away with overall Festival Favourite.

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