22 February 2013

South African Filmmaking At Its Most Profound

The temperate and evocative Afrikaans masterwork Verraaiers (Traitors) takes a nostalgic journey into the past that shaped the future of South Africa. Film is a window through which we can experience the world and, with Verraaiers, the wistful reminiscence instils a pride of who we are as South Africans, and unloads the baggage of our history.

Although the story is focused on the tragic fate of Boer traitors during the Anglo-Boer War, it's an anthem for freedom fighters today and shows clearly that the conflicts and confrontations that divide families, society and a nation are reflections of historic wars and battles that formed the cornerstones and foundations of the New South Africa.

It is not always possible to understand fully the motivations for taking drastic action to embrace peace during a time of war instead of taking up arms.

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