As our country is moving through a time where gender-based violence is in the spotlight, this movie will make you stop and think. KROTOA is the story of “a woman, who was prepared to sacrifice everything, to give birth to the great nation we all share today.” This is quite a bold statement, but as South Africans we know the power of the woman, and highlighting it again at this time is of critical importance.
“This remarkable drama tells the story of an eleven-year-old girl (Charis Williams), who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp), her uncle’s trading partner. She grows into a visionary young woman, who assimilates the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, who became the first Governor of the Cape Colony. KROTOA (Crystal-Donna Roberts) ends up being rejected by her own Khoi people and destroyed by the Dutch, when she tries to find the middle way between the two cultures.”
Already from that description, we all see a piece of ourselves and our own struggles as we move into the urban and modern spaces. It awakens questions of identity, culture and this is one of those stories that is so uniquely South African and needs to be told. The international and local Film and TV community have already recognised and awarded it and on the 4th of August, the public will get the chance to watch this at your nearest Ster-Kinekor cinema.
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