brokkie taalmuseum doodkry is min

29 April 1961

The premiére of the movie Doodkry is min (Nothing will Stop This – referring to the Afrikaans language) took place at the Voortrekker­monument in Pretoria on 29 April 1961, to a crowd of 40,000 people, the biggest film audience ever in South Africa. The show was officially opened by the then State President CR Swart, and internationally acclaimed opera singer Mimi Coerste sang the song O Boereplaas (Oh, Boer Farm). Eventually the movie was seen by approximately two million people, as it was shown in practically every drive-in movie theater in the country and was also distributed overseas. The well-known South African filmmaker Jamie Uys produced the film in opdrag of the FAK (Federation of Afrikaans Cultural Organisations). Doodkry is min is an historical portrayal of the origins and development of the Afrikaans language.

Leading up to the erection of the Taalmonument in Paarl, the movie played an important role in creating awareness of the language and its history. The Taalmuseum has a copy of this important film.


Vriende van Afrikaans: Dae uit ons geskiedenis, 2009, p120
Wikipedia: Doodkry is min
Vandag in die ou Dae, Beeld Woensdag 29 April 1992.