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Katrina
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film DVD 100min . MNETDVD-072 1969 M-NET/PRIMEDIA

met Katinka Heyns, Joe Stewardson, Cobus Rossouw, Don Leonard, Regardt van den Bergh, skryf, produseer, Emil Nofal, regisseur, Jans Rautenbach

"The irrepressible Jans Rautenbach directs this tear-jerker about the cruelties of apartheid, which required anti-establishment bravery and conviction to make, given that it was filmed in 1969. Katherine Winter harbours a secret: she grew up Katrina September, a Coloured, but her fair complexion has enabled her to live as a white.
She lives with Alex, a rehabilitated alcoholic serving as a priest. Katherine's son Paul, returns from studying medicine in England and meets a local girl. On the eve of their engagement, his uncle tells him about his mother's origins. Nor is Paul's father dead, as his mother has maintained. Shocked, Paul breaks up with his white girlfriend. Ignoring his mother's pleas to remain in the "white" world, he reunites with his Coloured father and embraces his heritage. When Father Alex learns about his beloved Katherine's past, he leaves her and turns again to alcohol. Shattered, Katrina takes her life." - mnetcorporate.co.za

"Based on Basil Warner's "Try for white" the story concerns the question of love across the colour line, as well as the moral issues facing "coloureds" whose light complexions allowed them to live as whites. The protagonists are Alex Trewellyn, the new parish priest, who falls in love with Catherine Winters, a widow; her son Paul recently qualified as a doctor in England, and the embittered coloured leader, Adam September, who is in reality, Catherine's brother. He wants Katrina to return to the fold to help her own people. In retrospect the film is not the courageous statement many assumed it to be. It had a number of white actors playing roles that should have been taken by coloureds. In addition, both script and acting, were poor. But nonetheless, it is considered something of a milestone in South Africa's film history." - lib.uct.ac.za

A WOMAN OF COLOUR, IS RE-CLASSIFIED AS WHITE AND REJECTS HER HERITAGE. SHE LATER FALLS IN LOVE WITH ALEX AN ALCOHOLIC PRIEST, WHOSE ULTIMATE REJECTION OF HER ONCE HE HAS DISCOVERED THE TRUTH THROUGH HER FIREBRAND BROTHER ADAM, CAUSES THE FILM'S MELANCHOLY ENDING.


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