Who Killed Johannes Kerkorrel? 0+

Deon Maas, JAR 2005, English-Afrikaans version / English subtitles, 48 min

Until the 1980s, the Afrikaners in South Africa were seen as a homogenous tribe that kept the apartheid state in power. All of that changed with the advent of the first organised Afrikaans protest movement, which used music as its weapon to confront police, church and state. The leader of this revolution was Johannes Kerkorrel. In the 1990s, Kerkorrel moved away from protest music and became more of an ironic commentator. His personal life however, was a mess of drugs, promiscuity and depression. Success in Europe reinvigorated his career, but on the verge of a comeback, he ended his own life under mysterious circumstances in 2002.

Who Killed Johannes Kerkorrel? is a critical look at this uniquely South African phenomena, both as a musician and person, in the context of the times. His ongoing battle with the media and unanswered questions around his death are addressed directly for the first time. As a result of the media attention surrounding its broadcast in South Africa, the Cape Town police have re-opened their investigation into the circumstances of Kerkorrel's death.

 

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