Local film highlighting farm attacks wins international acclaim

Local film highlighting farm attacks wins international acclaim

- Afrikaans movie, ‘Treurgrond’ won Best Foreign Language Film at an international film festival

- It looks at the impact farm murders have on not only families but also the surrounding community

- The film intends to shine the spotlight on the issue of farm murders

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South African film, ‘Treurgrond’ has been making waves among both local and international audiences.

The film was nominated for five awards and bagged the prestigious Best Foreign Language Film at the Film Fest International that was held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The film also picked up the award for Best Cinematography in a Foreign Language Film.

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Based in South Africa, the movie focuses on a small farming town which is trying to cope with the devasting effects that farm murders have on the community.

This topic has been highly controversial among South Africans and the film is aiming to spark conversations among both at home and abroad about the severity of the farm attacks as well as the effects it has on the community.

Briefly.co.za gathered that the Afrikaans film features Steve Hofmeyr as the main character and he is joined by Erica Wessels, Richard Lukunku, Deon Coetzee and Boikie Pholo.

The director of the film, Darrell Roodt has had previous success with ‘Winnie Mandela’, ‘Cry the Beloved Country’ and ‘Sarafina!’.

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SA People reports that Roodt, along with the film’s producers took to Facebook to thank and congratulate all the cast and crew involved in the project when the news of their victory broke.

The movie follows Lukas Van Stradom, a farmer who is doing all that he can to protect his family, friends and livelihood as the number of farm attacks around him increases.

It also shows the aftermath of the farm attacks, while it directly affects the victim’s family, the surrounding community also suffers.

The film also looks at the interpersonal relationships change within the community when issues such as revenge, forgiveness and regret come in to play during such difficult circumstances.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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