Proteus

2003
100.0'
CA
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A South Africa-Canada co-production feature fiction based on the true story of two lovers incarcerated in the infamous South African Robben Island prison in the eighteen century: Class Blank, a Khoi herder, unjustly imprisoned for strealing cattle, and Rijkhaart Jacobsz, a Dutch sailor imprisoned for the crime of homosexuality. The film is based partly on transcripts from the pair’s trial for sodomy and partly on accounts of their torture and execution, while a Dutch botanist explores and names native species of protea, South Africa’s national flower.

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