Traditional beliefs say that the souls of the dead will not join their ancestors until the mourners cry at their graves. Max Bua, 19, from a South African farm community, has inherited his grandfathers talent for mourning. Despite this heaven-sent gift, Max has his sights set on becoming a doctor and must travel to Johannesburg to begin his studies. With money the villagers collected for his tuition fees, and a wedding gift, he sets off to the city. Arriving too late to register and secure his room at the university, Max must seek out his infamous Uncle Norman.

Director Teddy Mattera has constructed a slapstick comedy about a young boys coming of age and his wild adventure with a most unlikely partner in crime.

“A rollicking mix of farce and folly!”
-San Francisco Art Institute

“A quirky combination of love, tears, death and comedy. ‘Max and Mona’ is a Charming and deftly made film!”
-London Film Festival

‘Max and Mona’ is an official selection of the prestigious, award-winning Global Lens Collection presented by the Global Film Initiative.

In Afrikaans with English subtitles.

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