Thursday, July 17, 2008

Baraka (Blessing)

Two days after South Africa experienced violent attacks against it’s black foreign nationals, thousands of people were displaced into temporary shelters across the country.

After the attacks, the Western Cape community of Masiphumelele went to the nearby Soetwater refugee camp to publicly apologise, inviting their foreign nationals back home.

The film follows the returning foreign shop owners to the overcrowded community of Masiphumelele. As the shopkeepers rebuild their destroyed shops, the community struggles to resolve the root causes of the conflict.

Digibeta, 24 min, 2008
Directors: Omelga Mthiyane, Riaan Hendricks
Producers: Marianne Gysae, Don Edkins
Production: STEPS

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