De Voortrekkers [+ live score by Juwon Ogungbe]Festival
9 December 14:00 - 16:00
DE VOORTREKKERS [Harold Shaw | South Africa 1916 | 54 min]
+ LIVE SCORE performed by acclaimed Nigerian composer Juwon Ogungbe.
This 1916 epic is the oldest surviving South African feature film, comparable in scope and problematic politics to Griffith's Birth of a Nation.
It tells the story of the Boers' Great Trek, concluding with a reconstruction of the horrific 1838 Battle of Blood River, where a few hundred armed Afrikaners defeated several thousand Zulus.
Commemorating as it did the Afrikaners' view of a highly contentious period of history, the film came to be revered by the Afrikaner nation at the time.
While we recognise its problematic politics, this rare film has its place in the Africa's Lost Classics programme.
This screening is part of AiM's focus on Africa's Lost Classics, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)