Poppie Nongena – the feature film based on one of the finest African novels of the twentieth century – tells an inspiring story of courage and tenacity.
South Africa (14 October 2020) – Poppie Nongena has just added another award to the extensive list of accolades… this time for the Best Picture at the BRICS Film Festival in Moscow, Russia.
Poppie Nongena is a 2020 South African biographical drama film written and directed by award-winning director Christiaan Olwagen. The film is based on an autobiographical novel Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena (The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena) by Elsa Joubert which is also considered as one of the finest African novels of the twentieth century.
“The film revolves around Poppie Nongena, an Afrikaans/Xhosa South African whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of immense upheaval in apartheid South Africa where women were forced by arrests. When Poppie’s husband Stone becomes too ill to manage and maintain his contract work, Poppie is deemed by the state of law to be an illegal resident of the country.”
The film stars Clementine Mosimane playing the titular role, Anna-Mart van der Merwe and Chris Gxalaba in the lead roles. The film was released on 31 January 2020 and received positive reviews from the critics. It won several awards and nominations in a few film festivals. The film won 12 awards in the 2018 Silwerskerm Film Festival including the Best Film Accolade. The record haul of 12 awards is regarded as the highest tally ever recorded for a single film at an Afrikaans film festival.
Watch the trailer below: