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‘Poppie Nongena’ - An isiXhosa mother in the Group Areas-era of the 70s struggles to find a place to call home and to be with her children, as the bureaucratic regime shuffles her around.

Release date: Fri 31 Jan 2020
Running time:106 (1h46’)
Age restriction:13 D L P V

The love for her family held no curfew, needed no permit, and had no boundaries.

Poppie Nongena tells the moving story of an isiXhosa mother whose life revolves around finding stability for her family during a period of insufferable upheaval in the country, as African women are forced, by arrests, fines and forced removal, to leave their homes and resettle in remote areas designated as black homelands.

When her husband, Stone, becomes too ill to work, Poppie was deemed by the law to be an “illegal” resident in a neighbourhood of her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle, using every means at her disposal to remain with her children.

Based on Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena (novel) by Elsa Joubert.

Genre: Biopic, Drama
Cast: Clementine Mosimane, Anna-Mart van der Merwe, Nomsa Nene, Chris Gxalaba
Directed by: Christiaan Olwagen
Screenplay: Christiaan Olwagen, Saartjie Botha
Music:
Produced by: Helena Spring
Language: Afrikaans, English
Country / Year: South Africa,  2019

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Poppie Nongena tells the story of a South African woman, an Afrikaans-speaking Xhosa mother, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of insufferable upheaval in the country. When her husband, Stone, became too ill to work, Poppie was deemed by the law to be an "illegal" resident in her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay, moving from house to house, applying for permits, applying for extensions, extensions of extensions, and using every means at her disposal to remain with her children. Caught in the cross fire of her children's needs, her husband's illness, community anger and repressive laws, she was finally forced to give in just as the 1976 riots for freedom erupted.