Skip to content

Directed by Joseph Litzinger, Eric Michael Schrader

United States, Montana 2019 78 mins. In English

What began as an assumed spam email at a local radio station—something along the lines of a Nigerian prince asking for money—turned out to be a very real request by a Zulu prince from Nongoma, South Africa to visit the town of Butte, Montana in the hopes of growing cross-cultural connections between his tribe and the world. Dark Sevier, DJ at Butte’s KBMF independent radio station, upon realizing the very realness of the communication, invites Prince Sbo and his two colleagues Nkokhelo Msomi and Mokai Malope to visit the mining town of some 30,000 people. What transpires is an eye-opening journey in which people from very different worlds come together, and through an attempt to grow and learn from one another, foster a culture in which a whole town seemingly transforms. In an age of continual diatribes on divisiveness, Zulu Summer is the story of how curiosity and acceptance prevailed during one summer, enriching the lives of two communities.

Genres: Documentary



The Northwest Film Center recognizes and honors the Indigenous peoples of this region on whose ancestral lands the museum now stands. These include the Willamette Tumwater, Clackamas, Kathlemet, Molalla, Multnomah and Watlala Chinook Peoples and the Tualatin Kalapuya who today are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, and many other Native communities who made their homes along the Columbia River. We also want to recognize that Portland today is a community of many diverse Native peoples who continue to live and work here. We respectfully acknowledge and honor all Indigenous communities—past, present, future—and are grateful for their ongoing and vibrant presence.