Getaway (South Africa) - - Escape -

IN­SPIRED BY The Khoi woman who be­came the chief trans­la­tor and ne­go­tia­tor for Van Riebeeck in the early days of the Cas­tle of Good Hope. Her story is both in­spir­ing and tragic – caught be­tween two cul­tures, she ended her days ban­ished to Robben Is­land. ON SCREEN Hav­ing al­ready won eight awards at in­ter­na­tional film fes­ti­vals, Roberta Dur­rant’s fea­ture about this re­mark­able woman gives a much-needed fresh spin on South Africa’s ‘ori­gin story’ – and the op­por­tu­nity to hear char­ac­ters speak­ing Khoekhoe­gowab. THIS VER­SION Star­ring Crys­tal Donna Roberts, it’s an epic ad­ven­ture back in time for the viewer, pro­vid­ing a vi­sion of the wild Cape land­scape be­fore it was over­run by ‘civil­i­sa­tion’. In­ci­den­tally, if you’re in search of such a land­scape, it was filmed in Agul­has Na­tional Park, close to where ev­i­dence of our most an­cient fore­bears has been found – most notably Blom­bos Cave. SEE IT At Ster-Kinekor cin­e­mas from 4 Au­gust.

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