FILMFORUM IM MUSEUM LUDWIG
South Africa, mid 1970s. POPPIE NONGENA, is an Afrikaans/Xhosa South African, whose life revolves around her family and finding stability in a period of immense upheaval in South Africa when African women are forced by arrests, fines and forced removal to leave their homes and resettle in remote areas designated as black homelands. When her husband becomes too ill to work, Poppie is deemed by the law to be an illegal resident in her own country. She engages in a desperate struggle with the authorities for permission to stay; moving from house to house, applying for permits, monthly extensions of permits, fortnightly extensions of extensions, appealing through employers and social workers.
The film is based on the Elsa Joubert novel THE LONG JOURNEY OF POPPIE NONGENA which is regarded as one of the best African novels of the 20th century.
The film is a true story, as told to Elsa Joubert by Eunice (Poppie) Nongena herself. (Pressbook)
POPPIE NONGENA Direction: Christiaan Olwagen, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 107 min.