Lecture and documentary 'Ek hoor die vryheid sing' - April 4th

Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 19:30, lecture and documentary
Ek Hoor die Vryheid Sing, documentary about Adam Small with introduction by Prof. Hein Viljoen (Northwest University / Potchefstroom)

The documentary Ek Hoor die Vryheid Sing provides an overview of the life and work of the Afrikaans writer and philosopher Adam Small (1936-2016). The documentary was made by Small’s  contemporary, fellow Sestiger Abraham H. de Vries. In the documentary, interviews with Small are shown which were filmed two weeks before his death on June 25, 2016.

Since the sixties Adam Small drew attention to the suffering of the oppressed in the South African society with plays like Kanna hy kô hystoe (1965) and Krismis van Map Jacobs (1983) as well as poetry collections like Kitaar my Kruis (1961) and Sê sjibbolet (1963). He often used satire to demonstrate the unsustainability of the apartheid system. Small wrote in Kaaps, a variant of Afrikaans which was then still regarded as inferior. Although particularly Kanna hy kô hystoe is considered one of the most important works of the Afrikaans literature, Adam Small, as a brown writer, never received any Afrikaans literary prizes. Only after the end of apartheid, he got the recognition he deserved as a writer and academic. After a silence of twenty years he performed in September 2013 for the first time in public again. In the same year a new publication from his hand, the collection of poems Klawerjas, was published.  Small serves as a precursor for the brown writers who came after him. Thanks to him, Kaaps is now regarded as a fully fledged literary language.

The documentary will be introduced by Prof. Dr. Hein Viljoen, emeritus professor of Afrikaans and Dutch at the Potchefstroom campus of the Northwest University.

Ek hoor die Vryheid Sing - Prof. Adam Small
Director: Abraham de Vries
(South Africa, 2016, 48 min, Afrikaans spoken)


Venue: South Africa House, Keizersgracht 141-C, Amsterdam
Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017
Reservations: evenementen [at] zuidafrikahuis [dot] nl
Admission: € 10.00 / students € 7.50
Start: 19:30 / Hall open: 19:00

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