An inside look at the critical story of land reform and racial reconciliation in the new South Africa.Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved.
As revealed in Yoruba Richen’s incisive PROMISED LAND, the most potentially explosive issue is land. The film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa’s “ticking time bomb,” with far-reaching consequences for all sides.
Promised Land captures multiple perspectives of citizens struggling to create just solutions.
“Redistributing white-owned land is a combustible topic in South Africa. Richen succeeds in framing the issue in personal as well as historical perspectives, acknowledging that for questions of collective guilt and righting historical wrongs, there are no easy answers.” Indyweek, Durham
Winner of the Fledging Fund Award: Socially Conscious Documentaries POV Documentary Series, PBS, 2010
Full Frame Documentary Festival, 2010
Stranger than Fiction Documentary Series, New York, 2010
Another World is Possible Progressive Film Festival, US Social Forum, Detroit, 2010
Afro-Carioca Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, 2009
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