Taskovski Films Sales has acquired the rights to showcase the documentary “1001 Days,” a collaboration between directors Chloe White and Kethiwe Ngcobo, slated for its international debut at IDFA in the Luminous selection.
The narrative unfolds around three bold and charismatic women—Thandiwe, Khosi, and Zanele—dedicated to serving as home visitors in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township. Their mission involves assisting pregnant women and those who have recently given birth, recognizing the critical nature of the first 1001 days, spanning from conception to the child’s second birthday.
The film, seamlessly blending footage of these women in action with candid and poignant testimonials, provides a glimpse into the joys, struggles, and harsh realities of daily life for these resilient individuals and the numerous women under their care. The narrative paints an intimate, thought-provoking, and unwavering portrait of motherhood and transformative initiatives in contemporary South Africa.
Produced by Rose Palmer of Whalebone Films based in the U.K., the documentary initially premiered at Sheffield Doc Fest, earning a Special Mention from the Youth Jury.
Irena Taskovski, the CEO of Taskovski Films, emphasized the film’s significance, describing “1001 Days” as a work of profound importance that encourages women globally to take initiative, support one another, and step in where governments and society may fall short. The film’s impact extends beyond the screen, influencing the next generation and contributing to mental health support for women.
Director White expressed delight in partnering with Taskovski Films, citing the company’s track record in representing exceptional documentaries and implementing successful campaigns to elevate both films and filmmakers. Ngcobo, in turn, expressed her pleasure and honor in having the story of the resilient women of Alexandra showcased on a global platform, highlighting their strength and resilience as the driving force behind the creation of “1001 Days.”