The behaviour of Steve Hofmeyer and the fans that sang Die Stem along with him a few weeks ago has cast Afrikaners as an angry breed, out of touch with the new South Africa.
Yet in ‘I, Afrikaner’ a beautiful new film about an Afrikaner family, a more complex picture is drawn. Perhaps as a black woman, I found myself captivated by this story, because I happened to marry into an Afrikaner family. It’s no wonder that the film won the best director award at the Durban Film Festival this week. By KIM ROBINSON.
Through her personal story, I, Afrikaner, director Annalet “Makkie” Steenkamp begins a conversation that taps into the existential angst of a family, a people, and a country. In I, Afrikaner, the director tells the story of four generations of her family of Afrikaner farmers.
Early in the film, the director describes herself as a “walking contradiction.” She is a “white African.” I view I, Afrikaner with my own contradictions. A New Yorker by birth and proudly South African by marriage, and more relevant to my perspective on this film, I am a black American married to an Afrikaner.
In hindsight, the relationship …
Source : Daily Maverick