A Khoe Story: Part 1- Reclaiming The Mother Tongue

We’ll be screening the first film in a trilogy of documentaries about the Khoe-San made by Cape Town director Weaam Williams at the Labia next Thursday:

Date: Thursday 16 October 2014

Time: 6.15pm

Venue: The Labia Theatre, Orange Street, Cape Town

Tickets: R40

To reserve tickets, call the Labia box office: 021 424 5927

A Khoe Story: Part 1 – Reclaiming The Mother Tongue explores the history of Khoekhoegowab, the collective term used for South Africa’s indigenous languages, which are currently on the brink of extinction.

Khoe story 1

The Khoe and San people are regarded as the most ancient human communities on earth and there language is one of the oldest on the planet. The film focuses on the impact of colonialism and Apartheid, as well as the subsequent institutionalisation of English and Afrikaans in South Africa, and the quest to eradicate the Khoe-San mother tongue.

By offering an overview of various colonial laws and the strategic acquisition of land by the Dutch and British, this insightful documentary sketches the forgotten story of how South Africa’s First People were left landless with their culture and language virtually annihilated.


Through a special focus on present-day legislation and the current status of Khoekhoegowab as an unrecognised official language, the film explores the undercurrent of a movement in the Khoe-Khoen community to reclaim and re-learn the language after centuries of suppression.

The screening will be followed by an audience discussion with the director, Weaam Williams.



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