Krotoa is inspired by real-life historical events. It has been awarded 8 international film awards and is set to be released this coming August!
Krotoa is based on real-life historical events that took place in South Africa in the 1650’s. The story is about a young eleven-year old girl, who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck.
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, the first Governor of the Cape Colony.
Krotoa 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.
South African film is taking a massive step into the International world, this film has already received 8 international awards and it is only set to be released on the 4th of August 2017. It has won:
Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination; a Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival; a Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards; a Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival; a Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards;
An Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition; a World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards and an award for Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York.
The movie has also received six official selections at international film festivals around the globe and was also included in the prestigious Female Eye Festival, which focuses on female filmmakers and stories about women.
The movie was created by a team of phenomenal women. It was written by Kaye Ann Williams and Margaret Goldsmid, directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Roberta Durrant. The woman ensured that the movie was true to history and made use of the Khoisan language, Khoekhoegowab, as well as Afrikaans.
“Krotoa’s story was created by a crew of dynamic women. It was imperative that her story not only be told by creatives from the community, but also from a female perspective.”
“This feature film is the culmination of three years of research, scripting and, most importantly, actively engaging with top historians on the subject. Every effort was made to honour this heroin’s life and memory,” – Kaye Ann Williams