THE BROKEN STRING

THE BEGINNINGS OF LAND REFORM IN SOUTH AFRICA

Don Edkins, Laurence Dworkin
South Africa 1996 | 74 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with: Don Edkins

For mil­lions of South Africans the trauma of the past and the pover­ty of today is a result of their being forced off the land, a process which has occurred over the past 300 years, and in some places, is still taking place. A demo­c­ra­t­ic South Africa was born in 1994, with the promise made that land poli­cies would change. The authors doc­u­ment the start of land reform in the new South Africa. Their film is an evoca­tive jour­ney which takes the viewer across the rural land­scape of South Africa, lit­tered with the ruins of past poli­cies, and yet filled with the hopes of those regain­ing lost land. From Khorixas in North­ern Namib­ia, to Queen­stown in the East­ern Cape, farm­ers and com­mu­ni­ties share their expe­ri­ences, hopes and fears.