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New Krotoa film reveals life of ‘that’ Khoi woman

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between two worlds Krotoaacted as an interpreter and negotiator between the Dutch and her Khoi peoplePHOTOs: supplied
between two worlds Krotoaacted as an interpreter and negotiator between the Dutch and her Khoi peoplePHOTOs: supplied

A new local biopic on Khoi historical figure Krotoa opens on circuit this week after raking in eight international festival awards so far. Grethe Kemp speaks with director Roberta Durrant about who Krotoa, the woman some consider the mother of coloured people in South Africa, really was.

"I am Krotoa!” she tells herself, screaming, crying, in the fort of Jan van Riebeeck and the Dutch settlers of the 1600s. She’s taken off her long, bodiced European dress and is back in the skins and beads of her people. The Dutch call her Eva, but although she has adopted their religion, their culture and their language, she is not Eva. She is Krotoa.

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