7th of December - Beautiful in Beaufort West - music documentary about Gert Vlok Nel

Thursday, December 7, 2017, 7.30 pm Film + introduction

Beautiful in Beaufort West - music documentary about Gert Vlok Nel
(NL, 2006, 54 min, Afrikaans spoken, Dutch subtitles)
Director: Walter Stokman
With: Gert Vlok Nel, Albert Nel and Eida Avenant


Beaufort West is a town in the Great Karoo, the semi-desert between Cape Town and Johannesburg. One of his residents is the South African poet/songwriter Gert Vlok Nel. He was born in 1963, the year that the apartheid regime introduced strict censorship laws and captured Nelson Mandela on Robben Island. Due to his media-shy attitude and his meagre but high-quality production, Vlok Nel has grown into a cult figure.
Walter Stokman visited him in Beaufort West, where he lives with his father, and made a beautiful, atmospheric documentary full of melancholy texts, especially about personal suffering. Father Vlok Nel reads some poems from his son. The choir of a white high school sings Vlok Nels song 'Rivier' with guitar accompaniment.

Prior to the showing of the film, filmmaker Walter Stokman will give a short introduction and answer questions from the public.
Venue: Zuid-Afrikahuis, Keizersgracht 141-C, Amsterdam
Reservations: evenementen [at] zuidafrikahuis [dot] nl
Entry: € 7.50
Date: December 7, 2017
Doors open: 19:00 / 19:30

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