Fri 23 Oct 2009|
|Age restriction:||16 B D L
Daar is gif in jou kinders se kos.|
In 2003, an Afrikaans punk band was a laughable idea. Many thought the name crazy. Then the music came and many were enraged - publicly protesting "die bende" (the gang) who had the strength of their own voice and the desire to question, and in a place where passion and brandy meet, many thousands became fans for life.
The film follows the story of the band over four years as they forge a place for themselves and their fans in a new South Africa, in the process challenging the stigmas and expectations placed on them by their Afrikaner heritage, the church and tradition.
Through the controversy and chaos, Fokofpolisiekar rose above their detractors and initiated a change in how the media perceived them and portrayed them. Through the death threats and Christian backlash they stood tall - sentries for the right to identity, freedom of thought, and the raw and often unseemly right to express one’s own truth. They unleashed a debate in the nation’s Afrikaans community that sought finally to heal the wound or at the very least to acknowledge it.
This is a story of courage, passion and belief that reverberates through the minds and hearts of their fans - a story that transcends language and culture; and bravely faces a truth that most would’ve left in darkness.
||Johnny De Ridder, Hunter Kennedy