FILM TITLE: KROTOA
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 13 SV
DISTRIBUTOR: STER KINEKOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: ROBERTA DURRANT
MAIN CAST: ARMANEL AUCAMP,JACQUES BESSENGER
LANGUAGE: FAIRLY FREQUENT, INCLUDES PREJUDICIAL LANGUAGE JUSTIFIED BY THE CONTEXT, MILD IMPACT
NUDITY: INFREQUENT, ISOLATED, LOW IMPACT
PREJUDICE: INFREQUENT, HISTORICAL CONTEXT, LOW IMPACT
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: INFREQUENT, JUSTIFIED BY CONTEXT, WITH CONTEXTUAL ANTI-ABUSE MESSAGES
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: THE FILM KROTOA IS A SOUTH AFRICAN FILM BASED ON A TRUE STORY OF A KHOI WOMAN NAMED KROTOA. SHE IS TAKEN IN BY JAN VAN RIEBECK WHEN SHE IS A YOUNG GIRL, FIRST SERVING HIS WIFE MARIA AND THEN ACTING AS NEGOTIATOR AND INTERPRETER WITH THE KHOI TRIBES.
THE FILM EXPLORES COMPLEX AND MATURE NEGATIVE THEMES OF COLONISATION, SLAVERY, RAPE, CULTURAL DISPLACEMENT AND REVENGE, BUT ALSO MORE POSITIVE THEMES OF LOYALTY, LEADERSHIP AND FORGIVENESS. THERE IS A SENSE OF THREAT RESULTING FROM THE CONFLICT BETWEEN THE DUTCH AND THE KHOI, AND BETWEEN MEMBERS WITHIN EACH OF THE GROUPS. THE IMPACT IS MITIGATED BY THE SENSITIVE WAI IN WHICH THE CONTENT IS HANDLED AND THE EDUCATIONAL, DRAMATIC AND ARTISTIC VALUE OF THE FILM.
ALTHOUGH THESE MERITS MITIGATE AGAINST A HIGHER AGE RATING, THE CONTENT MAY UPSET, DISTRESS, DISTURB AND CONFUSE CHILDREN BELOW 13 YEARS, WHO ARE NOT EMOTIONALLY AND COGNITIVELY DEVELOPED TO UNDERSTAND THE CONTEXT AND WITHSTAND THE OVERALL IMPACT AND THEREFORE POSSIBLY RESULT IN PSYCHOLOGICAL HARM IN YOUNGER CHILDREN.