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Western ‘Frontier Mistress’ Explores Race and Gender

Frontier Mistress, a new film from South African director, Charlie Vundla, is set in 18th century South Africa and tells the true story of a Huguenot refugee’s oppression by an abusive husband and a racist society.  Her refusal to accept the status quo and a subsequent love affair with a slave form the basis of a story that continues to resonate today. According to the Berlinale Talents alum, the story about a young French protestant who fled religious persecution in Europe to face even more injustice in South Africa, was published as part of a historical anthology book titled “Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers” by Nigel Penn and he bases his film on the chapter titled “The Master, The Mistress & The Slave.”