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AfriDocs: Issues of identity under the spotlight in July
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Wed, 05 Jul 2017 10:58

Issues of identity are in the spotlight in July, with AfriDocs screening a compelling range of films that look at the journeys that define us. These films look at how race, language, immigration, adoption, and land all influence identity for Africans on the continent and in the diaspora.

Shashamane is the story of an actual journey, that of a community of people of African heritage who have returned to Ethiopia. Their exodus is chronicled through their own voices in this powerful film.

Little White Lie is a story of race and identity and how our past and heritage are always part of us. The story of Lacey Schwartz’s journey towards finding her own identity and heritage makes for compelling viewing.

Similarly, Mercy Mercy takes a harsh look at the world of international adoption, following the plight of Ethiopian orphans Masho and her little brother Roba. The film looks at the realities and issues of identity that can plague these kinds of international adoptions.

Land and identity are intrinsically linked. This Land, fresh from the Durban International Film Festival, looks at this critical issue through the events taking place in Makhasaneni, South Africa where a small community moved here by the apartheid government, now have their homes under threat again, this time by a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family.

AfriDocs can be seen every Thursday at 21h00 (CAT) on BET Africa, DStv channel 129.

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