The real family, and story, behind the Poppie Nongena film

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The real family, and story, behind the Poppie Nongena film

A photo of the family with Clementine Mosimane and the film’s director Christiaan Olwagen at the private screening held for them on Thursday, 30 January.

Despite previous reports that she had earned royalties from the book until her dying day, the family of the woman that the recent Poppie Nongena film is based on is adamant that she died a pauper.

Published more than 40 years ago, Die Swerfjare van Poppie Nongena, written by Elsa Joubert, now 96, is a true story of how the pass laws and the Bantu Homelands Citizenship Act of 1970 affected black families in the late 1970s and early 80s. Joubert was inspired to write the book after witnessing the turmoil experienced by her own helper, whose real name was Ntombizodumo Eunice Msutwana-Ntsata. The fact of her real identity was concealed until Ntsata’s death in 1992 and was done so to allegedly protect her. She was an Afrikaans-speaking Xhosa woman who was born in Upington and...



 


 

 

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