Krotoa: Local Film Rakes In 8 International Awards Prior To Its Release


International film critics seem to have fallen in love with local film, Krotoa which has continued to rake in the awards prior to its release.

The film added another accolade to its growing list this past weekend. It won the coveted title of Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival held in New York. This means it has won a total of 8 awards internationally.

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The film which is inspired by the life of a Khoi woman Krotoa who served as a translator for the Dutch during the founding of the Cape Colony, has already received six official selections at international film festivals around the globe including the International Film Festival for Environment, Health and Culture, World Film Awards, Artemis Women in Action Film Festival and the Nashville Film Festival.

So far, international awards won by Krotoa include;

  1. Award of Excellence at the International Film Festival for Women, Social Issues and Zero Discrimination
  2. Best of Show at the Depth of Field International Film Festival
  3. Platinum Award at the International Movie Awards
  4. Diamond Award at the Filmmakers World Festival
  5. Best of Show at the IndieFEST Film Awards
  6. Award of Excellence Special Mention: Women Filmmakers at the Accolade Global Film Competition
  7. World Platinum Award at the World Woman Awards
  8. Best Film at the Harlem International Film Festival

Following the story of the legendary Khoi woman, Krotoa (Crystal-Donna Roberts) is a feisty, bright, young eleven-year-old girl, who is removed from her Khoi tribe to serve Jan van Riebeeck (Armand Aucamp ) who was her uncle’s trading partner.


Subsequently, she is brought into the first Fort, established by the Dutch East India Company in 1652. She then grows into a visionary young woman, who finds herself assimilating the Dutch language and culture so well that she rises to become an influential interpreter for van Riebeeck, founder of Cape Town and first Governor of the Cape Colony.

Eventually, Krotoa’s close-knit tribe – the Khoi people rejects her and she’s destroyed by the Dutch. This is as a result of her efforts to find the middle way between the two cultures.