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Rutger Hauer Actor In Film Black Butterflies and South African poet, Ingrid Jonker Share The Same Deathday

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Rutger Oelsen Hauer, the world-famous Durch actor passed away on 19 July surrounded by his family in his Dutch home.

Born on 23 January 1944. Hauer was also a writer and environmentalist. Apart from his most well-known role in the fantasy sci-fi film, Blade Runner, Hauer also starred in the Award-winning film named Black Butterflies.

The film, directed by Paula van der Oest and starring Dutch actress Carice van Houten, who plays the role of poet famous poet Ingrid Jonker. (Van Houten is also known for her role as the Red Lady in Game of Thrones.)

Ingrid Jonker, poet. 1963

Hauer plays the role of the poet’s father, Abraham Jonker who was a member of “Apartheid” (segregation) that characterized South Africa’s ruling party.

 Jonker was on the censorship of literature board which Ingrid fiercely opposed.

Carice van Houten and Rutger Hauer at the premiere of Black Butterflies

Nelson Mandela

The film focusses on Jonker’s life and her rise to fame when former president Nelson Mandela read her poem, “The Child that was shot dead by soldiers” in his Inauguration speech.

” In the midst of despair, she celebrated hope, confronted by death she celebrated the beauty of life” Nelson Mandela

The poem tells of a black child shot in the head during the anti-pass demonstrations that took place in 1963. The years of Apartheid are undoubtedly one of the darkest moments in South Africa’s history. The period which spanned from 1948 to 1994 was characterized by racial segregation, white minority rule and the oppression of the rights, movements, and freedom of the blacks.

Jonker is compared with 3 the poets, Sylvia Plath, Virginia Woolfe and Anne Sexton.

Jonker took her own life by walking into the sea in 1965 on July 19, coincidently, the same date that Hauer passed away. He leaves his beloved wife Ineke after they shared 50 years of marriage.

Watch the trailer below:

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