SAT 21 NOV 17:15
South Africa / France / Netherlands 2020 | Original version with subtitles | 80 min
Q & A Teboho Edkins
The South African director Tebeho Edkins explores the genres of cinema in his hybrid documentary films. With GANGSTER PROJECT (2011) and MY NAME IS SHERIFF NOW (2016), Edkins has already appeared twice in AFRIKAMERA’s program.
His current film DAYS OF CANNIBALISM is set in the sparsely populated eastern part of Lesotho in the Thaba-Tseka district. Globalization in the form of Chinese economic migrants has meanwhile also penetrated into the harsh hinterland of the enclave in the Republic of South Africa and challenges traditional value systems.
Edkins thereby portrays the parallel societies that have emerged – Chinese traders on the one hand, the Basotho, traditional cattle breeders, on the other, without falling into simple dualism. He thus succeeds in an impressive study of social power differentials and latent violence.
Teboho Edkins, born 1980 in Tennessee, USA, grew up in Lesotho and South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town and Berlin. He studied photography and visual arts at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town and at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing, France. He then attended the German Film and Television Academy in Berlin (DFFB). His films have been shown at over 400 festivals and in group and solo exhibitions, including at the Centre Pompidou, the Tate Modern and the House of World Cultures.