"It's an incredible story about humanity" - Anna-Mart van der Merwe on 'Poppie Nongena'

"It's an incredible story about humanity" - Anna-Mart van der Merwe on 'Poppie Nongena'

Legendary actress Anna-Mart van der Merwe joined the Scenic Drive to talk about her iconic career and journey in life.

Anna-Mart van der Merwe
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The trailer for the highly anticipated legacy film, 'Poppie Nongena', has been released - and it will give you goosebumps.

Poppie Nongena

The film, which won twelve awards at the recent Silwerskerm Film Festival, is based on the novel The Long Journey of Poppie Nongena by Elsa Joubert. Deeply rooted in South Africa’s history, it will be released nationwide in cinemas on 31 January 2020.

Poppie Nongena tells the story of a South African isiXhosa mother whose life revolves around finding stability for her family during a period of extreme upheaval in the country, when black women were forced by arrests, fines, and removal to leave their homes and resettle in remote areas designated as black homelands. When her husband, Stone, becomes too ill to work, Poppie is deemed by law to be an “illegal” resident in her own country.

Award-winning cast

Lead actress Clementine Mosimane, who was awarded the “Best Actress” trophy at the recent Silwerskerm Film Festival, feels that the film carries an important message. “We need to break the cycle of abuse by raising our children to be compassionate. This affects all of us, and we must address it at all levels. A society filled with healthy, respected women is a healthy society,” said Mosimane. 

Supporting actress Anna-Mart Van Der Merwe agrees: “The scourge of gender-based violence screams out to us. It is time that we check in with ourselves, and the people we interact with daily. Do I embrace others as I want to be embraced?”

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Anna-Mart van der Merwe

Legendary actress Anna-Mart van der Merwe is well-known for her roles on '7de Laan', 'Dis Koue Kos, Skat', 'Sonkring', 'Die Storie Van Klara Viljee', and 'Hanna Hoekom'.

The iconic actress joined the Scenic Drive to talk about her career, 'Tydelik Terminaal', and the award-winning movie, 'Poppie Nongena.'

"I've been in the industry for 32 years. I've been blessed with the best roles. 'Poppie Nongena' is an incredible story about humanity. Everyone must watch this movie - it's powerful."

Van Der Merwe shared some special moments with Rian van Heerden and the team. 

"I had some incredible leading men on the shoot, playing alongside actors like Dawid Minnaar, Deon Lotz and Gys de Villiers."

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