Two Hues

Weaam Williams as Natasa in the short film ‘Two Hues’. Image supplied by Weaam Williams

‘Two Hues’: International award for SA film depicting Muslim woman’s struggle

The short film which chronicles the cultural paradox a Muslim woman who is also a rape victim, has to overcome, was shot in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap.

Two Hues

Weaam Williams as Natasa in the short film ‘Two Hues’. Image supplied by Weaam Williams

Two Hues, written and co-directed by Weaam Williams, won the Best Short Film award at the Beyond the International Curve Film Festival in Paris announced on 30 January.



Weeam Williams is a screenwriter, director, poet and actress who projects her voice as an activist through motion pictures. She wrote, co-directed and played the lead role in Two Hues

Williams made her directorial debut in 2007 on Hip-Hop Revolution which won Best Edited Film at the New York City Reel Sisters Film festival in 2008.

In 2013, she directed District Six Rising from the Dust after moving to District Six with her cinematographer husband, Nafia Kocks. The documentary won an award of excellence at the Scandinavian International Film Festival.


The film plays on the themes of feminine psyche, mental disorder, explores patriarchy and the act of misogyny.

Set in the Bo-Kaap, Two Hues tells the story of a Muslim photographer named Natasa who suffers from a bipolar disorder and is a victim of rape. She faces a cultural struggle of being a Muslim in the western world where she is judged for her cultural beliefs, but ironically also judged for not wearing a hijab. The paradox of the film is that she is also under scrutiny at home for not being Muslim enough.

“Natasa struggles with the restrictions she is faced with as a Muslim woman and the antagonism from her colleagues for being Muslim but also at home for not being Muslim enough. The film aims to juxtapose the conflict the character is faced with,” said Williams.


Two Hues is Williams’ acting debut. When asked how she managed both — playing the lead role and directing the film — she said that her co-director Dominique Josie made the process easier for her by assisting her a great deal with her performance.

“Two Hues has allowed me to follow through on my passion for performance. I have done performance poetry, hip-hop and live art, and studied drama” said Williams.


Williams is passionate about performing but previously did not pursue a career in acting because of the sexualised expectations of women in entertainment.

“I never pursued acting as a career choice mainly because of the sexualised expectations which are placed on women. It is only during the #MeToo movement when this was spoken of, I felt comfortable to do this,” said Williams.

The film was written in 2016-2017 around the time of the #MeToo movement. The film is currently in development for a feature.

Williams also said that having many women in leading creative roles on set provided a safe space for her. 

‘Two Hues’ set up for more international recognition

The film has also been selected to participate at the Golden Bridge Istanbul Short Film Festival, Anatolian Short Film Festival and the Kalakari Film Festival in India. Two Hues will also premiere in the United Kingdom at the North Europe International film Festival: London in March.