World premiere of LARC film, "This Land"

9 Jun 2017 - 09:45

The world premiere of LARC's documentary film, This Land, took place at the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, June 3. It forms part of the Encounters Documentary Film Festival from 1 - 11 June 2017. It will also be shown in Khayelitsha on 9 June and in Rosebank, Johannesburg on 10 June 2017.


In Makhasaneni, a hamlet in rural KwaZulu-Natal, scores of villagers are under threat of forced removal for the second time in as many generations.

Forcibly moved here by the apartheid government, now their homes are under threat by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family, and who seek to exploit the land over the heads of the people who live and work on it.

An eloquent portrait of the activists and residents of Makhasaneni, This Land is also a brave and necessary exposé of the inadequacy of customary law in a predatory capitalist state.

It raises the question, “Is monarchy compatible with democratic land reform?”.

Panel Discussions:

After each screening, Reverend Mbhekiseni Mavuso, the charismatic leader of the Makhasaneni campaign, will discuss the threat that Makhasaneni illustrates for the rights of people whose land often is considered more valuable than their lives.

  • Other Panel Discussants will include former Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke and Land and Accountability Research Centre Director Dr Aninka Claassens.
    Cape Town 3 June 5pm V&A
  • Panel Discussants for the screening at the Bertha Movie House, Isivivana Centre will be announced shortly.
    Cape Town 9 June 7pm Khayelitsha
  • Former President Kgalema Motlanthe and WITS researcher Dr Sonwabile Mnwana will join Rev Mavuso in Johannesburg.
    Johannesburg 10 June 5pm, Rosebank

​​​​​​​For more information, please click HERE.

Tickets can be purchased through Ster Kinekor for the Johannesburg screening.