Clocking a cool half-million in its opening weekend.
You should hightail it to a cinema this weekend to see KROTOA: The film opened on August 4th at 25 cinemas and earned nearly half a million rand at the box office earning itself a Top 10 spot on the national film charts. Roberta Durrant directs KROTOA, the untold story of an eleven-year old girl (Charis Williams) who is as bright as she is feisty, who is pulled from her Khoi tribe and brought to the Dutch East India Company’s first fort in 1652 to serve her uncle’s trading partner – Jan Van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp).
Assimilating quickly to Dutch culture, she becomes an influential interpreter caught between two worlds and eventually rejected by one and destroyed by the other. These opening weekend results are an encouraging win for South African films and for casts led by women of colour.
Photographs by: Uwe Jansch