Spilt Milk is the story of two passionate people who share a shameful past and a tenuous present. Decades after a childhood love affair earns upright school principal Mohumagadi and disgraced preacher Father Bill expulsion from their communities, the two characters are brought back together under the most unlikely of circumstances. Mohumagadi, headmistress of the elite Sekolo sa Ditlhora school for talented black children, takes in Father Bill as a teacher much to the dismay of her students and faculty. Thus begins a battle of wills and wits for the hearts and minds of the students living in the shadow of revolution and change.
Matlwa says the characters and relationships from Spilt Milk symbolize the political and personal disappointments she and other South Africans feel with respect to the state of South Africa following the high hopes that the 1984 election of a democratic government with Nelson Mandela serving as the country's President. In an interview with the host of NPR's Tell Me More, Michel Martin, Matlwa shared: "It does represent the love lost between white and black South Africa, and the promises that we all made to each other in 1994 that none of us kept. We would never admit to each other that we actually need each other ... that we can't build this country without each other."
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