The film KROTOA, written by Kaye Ann Williams and AFDA scriptwriting lecturer Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer, has already been seen by over 7 500 viewers, earning nearly half a million at the box office. It has also made its debut onto the Top 10 of the national movie charts. This is an exceptional achievement for a South African drama. The film has had wonderful reviews from Media24, Rapport, Daily Sun, The Star, Bioskoop and City Press. The film was given a four star rating, with all the media encouraging South Africans to step out and see the film.
This remarkable drama tells the story of a feisty, bright, young 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 is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. There 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. She loses everything to give birth to the great nation we all share today.
KROTOA was produced by the SAFTA Award-winning film company, Penguin Films, in association with kykNET. It also features impressive performances by actors such as deur Jacques Bessenger, Deon Lotz, Marcel van Heerden, Roeline Daneel, Brendan Daniels en Ernest St Clair. The film can currently be seen at cinemas, nationwide, and is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.
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