SA’s 'Krotoa' makes waves in international film community

The movie tells the story of ‘Krotoa’, who was Jan van Riebeeck’s Khoi language interpreter.

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CAPE TOWN - A movie about a woman who was virtually erased from history is making waves in the international film community.

The movie tells the story of Krotoa, who was Jan van Riebeeck’s Khoi language interpreter.

She was taken from her family at just 11 years old and sent to work for the Dutch colonist.

She was eventually rejected by her own people and by the Dutch.

The film has already raked in eight awards, most notably the coveted title of Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival in New York.

The film's director Roberta Durrant says: “The language spoken in the film is both Afrikaans and Khoisan. This is quite challenging for the actors because they had to learn the language, but we had wonderful language translators and advisers.”

According to the Internet Movie Database (IMDb) website, Krotoa is set to be released in South Africa on 4 August.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)