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This is the moving story about a close family being torn apart by the
social convictions of the day. It is the story of a mother's enduring
love and hope to see her taken son again. Fiela (Sharleen
Surtie-Richards) is a down to earth stealthy woman farmer who doesn't
let anyone step on her. She raised a white castaway child, Benjamin
(Jan Ellis and Dawid Minnaar), and teaches him the simple things in
life. After Benjamin is taken away by the white authorities, his mother
endure the harsh Outeniqua Mountains to go to town and speak to the
Magistrate about her brought-up son. In the South Africa of the day it
was unacceptable for a white child to be raised by non-whites. Benjamin
is off to the feared Knysna wood where primitive whites dwelled the
woods to make a living from wood chopping. Elias (André Rossouw) and
Bartha (Lida Botha) take the child under their wings and raises him
further into adulthood. The reuniting of Benjamin and Fiela is a
heart-broking part in the movie and few cinema-goers will endure it
without a tear! This film launched the career of Surtie-Richards,
markable one of the best South African actresses since the 1980's.
Never have I seen anyone, be it actor or actress, slid into a role like
this formidable woman.
Rossouw's manifestation of the wicked Elias is also praiseworthy and shows him as a veteran actor! All and all, this is unquestionably the best South African film of the 1980's!
"Fiela se Kind" (Fiela's Child) is the story of a white foundling boy that is raised by a brown family. But Benjamin's life changes irrevocably when white census officials discover him living across the established borders of society, and he is removed from his foster parents. Thus begins Benjamin's journey to discover his true identity. It is a moving rendition of South African life a century past, and certainly well worth watching.
This movie also falls on the panel of my favorite movies ever.the entire movie is so touching and its the start of Sharleen surtie Richards movie Career. A white child 3 years old is found by Fiela(Sharleen) one night on her door step.So she takes care of him like he was her own.She called him Benjamin(Jan Ellis).then one day 2 census men came to Fiel's quarters to count the people.Everything went well then Benjamin arrives and both men were shocked because those days whites and brown were not allowed to mix so they took him away to Knysna.they believe he is the boys who got lost 9 years ago But Fiela is going to do anything to prove them wrong and get Benjamin back. Watch this outstanding movie and get the bigger picture. Directed by Katinka Heyns. A sonneblom films classic,,
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