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Hidden Histories Strand

Hidden Histories Strand

Authorship and the recording of our history have always been from a skewed perspective. History is always told from the victor’s point of view. As a result, South Africa has many stories that remain untold, either deliberately or for political expedience.

Hidden Histories is a 5-part documentary series of real accounts of events that affected real people and changed the course of history, yet remain on the fringes of our recorded history. These are stories from across a wide section of the nation that form part of our history, but which have not been widely told or recorded. These stories are real, authentic, accurate and are told in an unconventional and provocative way.

Hidden Histories Strand include the following fascinating documentaries:

Afrikaner Broederbond

Krotoa – Daughter Of The Cape

Umuhle… Umubi (The Good One… The Bad One?)

Richtersveld

The Bulhoek Massacre

 

More detail about each item:

Afrikaner Broederbond

80% African, 10% English (subtitled)

1 episode x 48 minutes

Between 1918 and 1994 the Afrikaner Broederbond (AB) meaning Afrikaner Brotherhood was a secret, exclusively male and white Protestant organization in South Africa dedicated to the advancement of Afrikaner interests. Founded by HJ Klopper, HW van der Merwe, DHC du Plessis and Rev. Jozuo Naude in 1918, the organization was known as Jong Zuid Afrika (Young South Africa) until 1920, when it formally became Afrikaner Broederbond. In 1920 , the Afrikaner Broederbond was a modest grouping of 37 white men of Afrikaner ethnicity, Afrikaans language and the Calvinist Dutch Reformed faith, who shared cultural, semi – religious and deeply – political objectives based on traditions and experiences dating back to the arrival of Dutch white settlers, French Huguenots and Germans at the Cape in the 17th and 18th centuries and including the dramatic Hidden Histories Strand events of the Great Trek in the 1830’s and 40’s. In this investigative documentary the producer probes this strange and secret organization and bring to the fore the hidden history of a very strange and very scary secret organization that ruled South Africa for decades. The majority of Afrikaans speaking people knew of its existence, but was not privy to what it entailed and they were actually scared of the organization and its power, and also because it was very secret.

 

Krotoa – Daughter Of The Cape

Language: 80% African, 10% English (subtitled)

2 episodes x 48 minutes

A story about Krotoa, the only recorded female interpreter of her time. Krotoa was the bridge between the Khoi people and the Dutch settlers. She aided Jan van Riebeeck in his dealings with the Khoi and was instrumental in negotiating the end of the first Dutch – Khoi war. The documentary examines the life of a woman now known as the Mother of the Afrikaner Nation. The story unpacks her contribution to the development of the Afrikaans language and the relations between the Dutch and the Khoi, the first cross – cultural marriage between Pieter van Meerhof and Eve, the legacy she left which lived on in her daughter, Pietenella. The documentary aims to raise debate and discourse on the recordings in history of Krotoa’s life – the recorder being Jan van Riebeeck himself.

 

Umuhle… Umubi

(The Good One… The Bad One?)

Language: 80% African, 10% English (subtitled)

1 episode x 48 minutes

This a story about the epic march, single-handedly orchestrated by Public Servant, John Marwick in 1899, to repatriate 7000 Zulu mine workers stranded on the Rand back to their

homes 400 miles away in Natal. This deed earned Marwick the respect of the Zulu community as well as the title uMuhle, meaning ‘The Good One’. The documentary looks at the irony of how such a man – who risked personal safety, life, limb and reputation – to rescue his workers from certain death, then went on to administer the implementation of the so called ‘Durban System’, which

was designed to control the lives of black people in order to ensure a viable source of cheap labour for the developing white economy in Natal.  Umuhle Umubi is an engaging documentary story centered on a little known piece of South African history and the repercussions of the actions of John Marwick – a man that history remembers as a paternalist.

 

Richtersveld

Language: 80% African, 10% English (subtitled)

1 episode x 48 minutes

Richtersveld is a story of the Nama people and how they have over the past 30 years, been in and out of court battles fighting for their land. Richtersveld is a story of reclamation, repossession and a real return to hope. In the North West corner of South Africa, there exists a mountainous desert region called Richtersveld. This area has been the traditional home of the Nama, descendents of the Khoi-Khoi who lived a peaceful and nomadic lifestyle. However with the arrival of colonialism and ultimately apartheid, their form of life was eroded step by step. Ultimately, their land was appropriated for mines, private farms and national parks. However, the Nama community refused to sit idly by and accept forced assimilation. Consequently over the past 30 years, under strong community leadership, the Nama people fought government privatization, the National Parks

Board and Alexkor, a diamond mining company and in all three instances, they won. The story will be told by the Nama people, community leaders who were instrumental in bringing about the triumph for the Nama as well as experts on legal aspects of all three cases.

The Bullhoek Massacre

Language: 80% African, 10% English (subtitled)

1 episode x 48 minutes

The Bullhoek story marks one of the first times that police army troops were used to crush a group of Africans who would not obey an unjust law. The  film will ask whether the Israelites were victims who fought for land for the landless, and merely wanted to escape unfair taxes and wanted self – rule without White oppression. Or were they endangering people around them and taking  possession of land that they did not own. The story will begin with a vision, followed by faith, ending in many lives sacrificed: essentially the common ingredients of a successful revolution. Understanding the faith of the followers will give the film heart. Through the song, dance, preaching and rituals of the Church of God and Saints followers, the viewer will understand the power of faith in a time of hopelessness.

  • Duration: 48 minutes per episode
  • Episodes: 1, 2
  • Language/s: Multilingual - English subtitles
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