Black Butterflies

Directed by
Paula van der Oest

Written by
Greg Latter

Topkapi Films, Richard Claus, Michael Auret, Arry Voorsmit, NTR

Release year

110 min


Black Butterflies is the riveting true life and love story of the talented young South African poet Ingrid Jonker, a strong-headed woman and disobedient white artist during the Apartheid regime. From an early age, Ingrid finds her freedom and solace in writing, whenever and wherever she can. Despite the love of many men and her relationship with the famous writer Jack Cope, no one can give Ingrid what she seeks. Rejected by her father, who worked as minister of censorship in the Apartheid regime of 1960s South Africa, she struggles to find a home and love. But it is not until Nelson Mandela reads one of her moving poems in his first speech to the South African Parliament that she finally receives recognition.