The Cuddler


A light-hearted dramedy follows Dikeledi, a young woman who finds purpose and happiness as a cuddle partner to the lonely and misunderstood but she has to lie about her career to her father to keep him "happy." When he discovers the truth, he gives her an ultimatum to either quit this "disgraceful" vocation, which has given her more happiness and purpose than she has ever known, or leave her father's house and risk the end of their relationship. Her decision only becomes more complicated with the arrival of a highly "problematic" client.


Zoleka Monare, Sello Ramahloane, Sekoati Tsubane

directed by

Lurdes Maswanganye

director's bio

Writer, director and producer Lurdes Maswanganye has worked in various aspects of the entertainment industry since graduating with Honours from the University of the Witwatersrand's Film & Television department. She began her career at Urban Brew Studios production managing the popular entertainment show "The Real Goboza," political talk show "XSGP" and Pan African talent search "Trace Africa Stars."


Lurdes Maswanganye


Tshego Molete Khanyile, Antoinette Engel


23 minutes


South Africa


Short Narrative