Nonquassi (film)

Jump to navigation Jump to search

Nonquassi is an English short film by Leon Schauder (1919-1967)

The film

A short film about the Xhosa prophetess Nonquassi (today mostly referred to as Nongqawuse) and the 1856-7 cattle-killing. The description in the online catalogue of Colonial Film: Moving Images of the British Empire[1] says: "Members of the Xhosa tribe of South Africa re-enact an old legend in which blind belief in a false prophet leads the tribe to ruin. The commentary draws the parallel with Hitler's Germany."

Filmed by Leon Schauder for Gaumont-British Instructional Films, in their Focus on Empire series, and released in 1939.


Sheila Boniface Davies (compiler): 2010. Creative accounts of the Xhosa cattle-killing[2]

Go to ESAT Bibliography

Return to

Return to South_African_Films

Return to The ESAT Entries

Return to Main Page