Posted by Ticketstroom – 15 May 2017
Local film, KROTOA, will only be released in South Africa in August, yet it has already managed to conquer the hearts of international film lovers and critics. The film added to its growing list of accolades this past weekend by claiming its 8th award for the coveted title of Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York.
KROTOA is just as remarkable and unforgettable as the historical heroin that this impressive film is based on. It is a striking tale about a woman who was prepared to sacrifice everything to give birth to the great nation we all share today. It not only has a powerful message, which anyone can relate to, but also promises to take moviegoers on an epic adventure back in time.
It is inspired by the historical fact that tells the story of a feisty, bright, young eleven-year old girl, 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.
The film, written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, was created by a dynamic team of women, with acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant as director and producer. Roberta is the creator of various award-winning South African television series, including Ring of Lies, Saints and Sinners, as well as sitcoms like Sgudi Snaysi, Going Up and Stokvel. She is also responsible for the children’s film, Felix, which won seventeen international film awards, while other productions like Inside Out, Skilpoppe and Ingoma were also very well received. Ingoma won six SAFTA Awards in 2016. She is also the producer of the new kykNET drama, Sara se Geheim.
Jacques Bessenger, Doen Lotz, Marcel van Heerden, Roeline Daneel, Brendon Daniels and Ernest St Clair also star in this critically acclaimed film.
KROTOA was produced by the SAFTA award-winning film company, Penguin Films, in association with kykNET, the NFVF and the DTI. The film will be released on the 4th of August 2017 (Women’s Month) and is the perfect way to celebrate the lasting impression women have had on the South African nation. The film is distributed by Ster-Kinekor Entertainment.
Ticketstroom is excited about how well KROTOA isI expected to perform at cinemas. We encourage all our fans to head out in numbers to watch this film once it’s released in August – it also offers a great Women’s Day activity for this year. For more breaking news regarding KROTOA, we encourage our fans to keep following us on Facebook and Twitter.