The Voice Behind The Wall

Die Ongetemde Stem

This film exposes the racism in the Afrikaans music industry as the exclusion of brown people, the biggest population of Afrikaans speakers and the originators of the language, are being excluded.




Gideon Breytenbach | Riku L?tti


South Africa



Running Time:

104 min


English | Afrikaans

As an indigenous language of South Africa, The Voice Behind The Wall explores the history of Afrikaans through its use in music. With the help of artists who contributed to Afrikaans’ cultural development, this documentary aims to show how it evolved from working-class music of the early 1930s to a voice advocating for the unjust apartheid system in the 1980s. It offers a socio-political perspective on Afrikaans music in the post-1930 era born out of an amalgamation of cultures, yet misrepresented by the National Party as a language of exclusive origin for propaganda purposes. By emphasising disparities in the types of music distributed and promoted, in relation to the audience of this genre, the film contextualises the current Afrikaans music industry, while educating and preserving Afrikaans cultural heritage through cinema.