At the age of 8, Vaselinetjie is taken away by the Welfare and send to the orphanage. It’s a strange, hard, dangerous world of rebel children, fierce house mothers, friends, first loves and where she finally finds true self-acceptance.
Vaselinetjie is a story about defining the meaning and origin of one’s identity and race within the turmoil of post-Apartheid South Africa.
‘Vaselinetjie’, the film based on Anoeschka von Meck’s award-winning youth novel was released on Friday 22 September in theatres countrywide and is already a box-office hit by earning more than R1 million and has been seen by over 23 000 people to date. Besides winning the award for ‘Best Film’ at the 2017 kykNET Silwerskerm Festival, critics are full of praise for this must-see film.
Director Corné van Rooyen says: “I am astounded by the impressive viewers’ figures. Places like Paarl and the Garden Route were sold out all weekend. I’m also grateful for the amazing rave reviews by critics.”
Several media outlets have praised ‘Vaselinetjie’ since its release:
“A story that will give viewers hope.”
– Jamal-Dean Grootboom, The Tonight, The Star.
“Vaselinetjie will move you if this is your first encounter. If you’re already familiar with her, the film offers additional moments of immeasurable value.”
– Laetitia Pople, Die Burger | 4/5 Stars
“An excellent Afrikaans film.”
– Leon van Nierop, Rapport | 4/5 Stars
“Vaselinetjie has all the components that comprise a special film.”
– Reney Warrington, LitNet | 4/5 Sterre
“This story’s reins has been tightly gripped to create a viewer experience that will remain with film audiences for a long time.”
– Dee Theart, Bioskoop | 4/5 Stars
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