Work in progress
Feature documentary film
Wat Die Grond Onthou
English, Afrikaans and Xhosa
- Cinéma en développement 16 / 2021
- Big Sky Documentary Film Festival / DocShop Filmmakers Legal Clinic
Adrian Van Wyk
- South Africa and Ecuador
José Cardoso, Adrian Van Wyk, Pieter Odendaal, María García, Allison Claire-Hoskin, Charles Palm, Kurt Orderson
A vibrant and diverse community flourishes in the fertile South African lands Today its elders tell the story of how their people were uprooted from neighboring lands and thrown into deserted areas; the suffering separation left scars but never transformed them into individualistic beings. Despite the forced separation that occurred in the 1960s, today they remain together thanks to their wisdom and faith. A University was built on their lands, and today this institution accepts their public guilt, but to return the land seems impossible. The elders light up the screen with their way of approaching the problem; Community wisdom, spirituality, and patience faces what apartheid tried to take away from them fifty years before.
A recollection of household experiences and communal neighborhood life. A strong sense of community interaction and family bonds were found within this district of Stellenbosch. The narrative shifts to how the legacies of the past removals still affect their day to day experience within Stellenbosch and their search for justice. An array of interviews, speeches and “street” verbal expressions to guide the story, accompanied by visual versification through observational documentary metaphors.
2015 – 2016 – 2020 – 2021
Locations of shooting:
Winelands, Stellenbosch & Cape Town – Western Cape (South Africa)
Production company profile:
Nomadic production house that has settled in Spain, Mexico, South Africa and currently in Ecuador, developing fiction, animation and documentary films, on subjects that drives around surrealism, consciousness and decoloniality. Selected in RAI Pulcinella Awards, Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya, Ann Arbor, La Habana, among others being its work awarded at Anim!Arte and CSFF, 2021.
Co-production company profile:
Azania Rizing Productions is an award-winning ﬁlm and media company based in Cape Town, South Africa. The company aims to map the inﬂuence of African legacies around the world by facilitating international dialogue by linking local and global stories.
Contact details of the director:
Learning animation in Spain, he travels to Mexico and South Africa where he works in fiction films selected in festivals like Cinema Fantàstic Sitges and awarded in China International New Media Short FF. Funded by the Ecuador Film Institute, he finishes his first documentary feature film developed in different film creation laboratories and awarded in BoliviaLab. Premiered at La Habana and winner of the Tom Berman Award for Most Promising Filmmaker in the 59th Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Director’s main filmography:
– Iwianch, the Devil Deer, feature documentary, 2020- Encounter, fiction short film, 2019
– Ancestral Song, animation short film, 2010
– Un maravilloso estado de mísera y morbosa no felicidad, animation short film, 2009
– Laureate : 11. China International New Media Short Film Festival, China.
– Laureate : 59. Ann Arbor Film Festival, USA.
– Official Selection : 42. Festival Internacional del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Habana, Cuba.
– Official Selection : 43. Festival Internacional de Cinema Fantàstic de Catalunya. Spain.
A genuine process of reconciliation between two parties that have historically been separated due to racial classifications, an exploration of the power of collective lobbying to bring promises into action. A piece of national and global interest because similar situations are occurring in major universities in the world. Not only portraying the side of those who have been marginalized by society but exploring the side of those who have benefitted from historical privileging.
Creative producer, historian and writer from Cape Town, South Africa. He currently works in film and media alongside the production company Azania Rizing, where is completing a documentary that received production funding from the South African National Film Foundation. Interested in a global independent context that fuses, remixes and challenges conventional notions of “history”.
An opportunity to spark robust dialogue and discussion surrounding the traumas inflicted by the unjust apartheid spatial policies. These types of forced removals are not only common to a South African context and have happened across different locations around the world, where “esteemed” Tertiary Academic forcefully remove communities in order to settle their institutional ivory towers. Failing to provide inclusive learning environments even though there is an acknowledgement to the injustices.
75 min. / Documentary at Post production stage / 16:9 Color
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