Multiple award-winning local movie Krotoa is finally ready to open in local box offices after scooping eight awards at international film festivals and being screened around the world.
Based on the true life story of a Khoi-Dutch interpreter in the early Cape colony called Krotoa, the film will open in local cinemas on August 4.
Krotoa stars 7de Laan actress Crystal Donna Roberts as Krotoa and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom actor Armand Aucamp as Van Riebeeck.
The film is inspired by the true story of a Khoi woman Krotoa who is a feisty, bright, young eleven-year-old girl, who is removed from her close-knit Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp) who was her uncle’s trading partner.
Subsequently, she found herself at the early Dutch Cape settlements in 1652, caught between two cultures about to collide. Thus, Krotoa has to navigate the difficulties of being true to her roots while staying loyal to her masters.
She then grows into a visionary young woman, who finds herself assimilating the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, founder of Cape Town and first Governor of the Cape Colony.
Eventually, Krotoa’s tribe – the Khoi people rejects her and she’s destroyed by the Dutch. This is as a result of her efforts to find a balance between the two cultures.
The film was shot on a nature reserve just outside of Cape Agulhas over a five-week period. Harsh weather conditions was one of the challenges faced by the cast and c crew during filming.
International film critics seem to have fallen in love with the local film which continued to rake in the awards prior to its release.
So far, international awards won by Krotoa include;
- Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination
- Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival
- Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards
- Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival
- Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards
- Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition
- World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards
- Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival.