Dick Cruikshanks as Piet Retief
|Directed by||Harold M. Shaw|
|Produced by||Arrow Film Corporation|
|Screenplay by||Gustav Preller, Harold M. Shaw|
|Starring||Percy Marmont, Edna Flugrath, Harold M. Shaw, Goba|
De Voortrekkers is a 1916 film.
This 1916 epic film was one of the first South African dramatic film productions. It tells the story of the Boers’ Great Trek at the end of the 1830s, concluding with a hegemonic reconstruction of the 1838 Battle of Blood River, where a few hundred armed Afrikaners defeated several thousand Zulus. Commemorating as it did their view of a highly contentious period of history, the film came to be revered by Afrikaners. It enjoyed a long after-life in South African classrooms and was shown annually on the anniversary of the Battle of Blood River.