Black Butterflies (2011)

Director
Paula van der Oest

Main cast
Carice van Houten; Rutger Hauer; Liam Cunningham; Grant Swanby; Graham Clarke

Genres
Drama, Romance

Description
She searched for a home, she searched for love. Confronted by Apartheid and a father who was Minister of censorship. With men like Jack Cope and Andre Brink she found much love, but no home. In his first speech to the South African Parliament Nelson Mandela read her poem "The Dead Child of Nyanga" and addresses her as one of the finest poets of South Africa.


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