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Poppie Nongena (2019)

Based on the Elsa Joubert novel "The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena", regarded as one of the best African novels of the twentieth century.


Christiaan Olwagen


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Credited cast:
Clementine Mosimane Clementine Mosimane ... Poppie Nongena
Anna-Mart van der Merwe Anna-Mart van der Merwe ... Antoinette Swanepoel
Nomsa Nene Nomsa Nene ... Lena
Chris Gxalaba Chris Gxalaba ... Stone Nongena
Deon Nebulane Deon Nebulane ... Plank
Aphiwe Sithole Aphiwe Sithole ... Bonisile Nongena
Nicole Holm Nicole Holm ... Mrs. Retief
Letlotlo Zimkhitha Mohlabeng Letlotlo Zimkhitha Mohlabeng ... Thandi Nongena (as Zimkhitha Letlotlo)
Thembalethu Ntuli Thembalethu Ntuli ... Weekend Nongena
Kathryn Beulah Kathryn Beulah ... Chrissie Swanepoel
Rolanda Marais ... Magriet Swanepoel
Dawid Minnaar Dawid Minnaar ... Jan Swanepoel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beer Adriaanse Beer Adriaanse ... Koos
Chris April Chris April ... Mr. Makwena
Jacques Bessenger ... Mr. Steyn


Poppie Nongena tells the story of a South African woman, an Afrikaans speaking Xhosa mother, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of insufferable upheaval in the country. When her husband, Stone, became too ill to work, Poppie was deemed by the law to be an "illegal" resident in her own country. She engaged in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay, moving from house to house, applying for permits, applying for extensions, extensions of extensions, and using every means at her disposal to remain with her children. Caught in the cross fire of her children's needs, her husband's illness, community anger and repressive laws, she was finally forced to give in just as the 1976 riots for freedom erupted. Written by Helena Spring Films

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The Love For Her Family Held No Curfew. Needed No Permit. Had No Boundaries.


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Amazing story
31 October 2020 | by isotiliaSee all my reviews

It shows the appartheid beyond white and black. It shows implications of gender and religion.

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31 January 2020 (South Africa) See more »

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Поппи Нонгена See more »

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Cape Town, South Africa


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