When the Sun Sets

Phumi Morare has bagged an NAACP Image Award for her short film, ‘When the Sun Sets’. Image via Twitter @SABreakingNews

SA director bags NAACP Award for short film ‘When the Sun Sets’ [watch]

‘I feel so blessed,’ said Phumi Morare on her Outstanding Live Action Short-Form win at the NAACP Image Awards for ‘When the Sun Sets’.

When the Sun Sets

Phumi Morare has bagged an NAACP Image Award for her short film, ‘When the Sun Sets’. Image via Twitter @SABreakingNews

When the Sun Sets (originally titled Lakuntshon’ Ilanga) is a short film inspired by a woman whose brother was taken by the apartheid police in the 1980s. South African director Phumi Morare has bagged a National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Award for the heartfelt film. Taking to Twitter, the Los Angeles-based filmmaker said she was “deeply honoured” for the achievement. 

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When the Sun Sets is a short film based on a story Phumi Morare’s mother told her about her brother in the 1980s. The film follows a young black nurse in apartheid South Africa who realises her brother could be in danger because he has not returned home. 

“It inspired me to look at a story of ordinary black women who are doing these things behind the scenes to fight [for] and protect their families. They are not being heroes by choice but by circumstances,” Morare told Sowetan

“The rest of the film is about a woman who is searching for a missing brother.”

The film made its world premiere in February 2021 at the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival in France. 

When the Sun Sets is led by local actors Aphiwe Mkefe and Zikhona Bali.



The NAACP Image Awards announced the winners for various categories virtually over the last week. The winners in the Outstanding Short-Form, Directing and Writing categories were announced on Tuesday 22 February. 

Phumi Morare’s When the Sun Sets won the Outstanding Short-Form (Live Action) Award. Taking to Twitter on Wednesday 23 February to celebrate the award, Morare said he was deeply honoured that her film based on her mother’s story from apartheid South Africa was selected. 

“I feel so blessed to be in the company of my heroes Barry Jenkins, Issa Rae and Trevor Noah,” wrote Morare.


South African comedian Trevor Noah won big for The Daily Show at the NAACP Image Awards. The star comedian took home three awards, Outstanding Variety Show, Outstanding Short Form Series and Outstanding Host in a Reality/Reality Competition, Game Show or Variety Series. 

Taking to Twitter he wrote: “Thank you NAACP Image Awards for such an incredible honour! Congrats The Daily Show team on three wins.”

Take a look at more NAACP Image Awards winners here