FOKOFPOLISIEKAR (fuck-off-police-car) THEATRICAL TRAILER

"Forgive them, for they know not what they do"

Feature documentary

2009

 

"There is poison in your children's food" - Hunter Kennedy

 

A South African documentary film about 5 young Afrikaans punk rockers that transformed a generation during a unique time in history; in one of the most reluctantly complex and evolving societies of the 21st century.

 

In 2003 an Afrikaans punk band was a laughable idea. Many thought the name crazy; and then the music came and many were enraged - publicly protesting "die bende" (the gang) who had the strength of their own voice and the desire to question

what it meant to be young, white and Afrikaans in a post apartheid South Africa. Their courage inspired thousands who became fans for life.

 

The film follows the story of the band over 4 years as they forge a place for themselves and their fans in a new South Africa; in the process challenging the stigmas and expectations placed on them by their Afrikaner heritage, the church and tradition.

 

Through the controversy and chaos, death threats and Christian backlash they stood tall - sentries for the right to identity, freedom of thought, and the raw and often unseemly right to express one’s own truth. FOKOFPOLISIEKAR rose above their detractors and initiated a change in how the media perceived them and portrayed them, unleashing a debate in the nation’s Afrikaans community in newspapers nationwide.

 

FOKOFPOLISIEKAR is a story that transcends language and culture; and bravely faces a truth… that most would’ve left in darkness.

AWARDS

 

Audience Award Best South African Film - Encounters International Documentary Festival

(Bryan Little is the only filmmaker to have won this prestigious prize with both his first two films.)

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION - IDFA (International Documentary festival Amsterdam)

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Melbourne Film Festival

OFFICIAL SELECTION - Tempo Film festival