France / South Africa / Netherlands 2020, 78 min, English, Mandarin Chinese and Sesotho, Hebrew & English subtitles
At times, this film looks like a classic Western, except the Native Americans have been replaced with Black cattle farmers; the white prospectors searching for gold—with Chinese entrepreneurs dreaming of striking it rich; and the Wild West—with the wilderness of eastern Lesotho in Africa. The conflicts and confrontations—economic, cultural, and physical—are exactly the same.
Director Teboho Edkins finds the region in the midst of a revolution: Chinese goods are pushing out local products, and the traditional barter system—in which a cow was the most prized commodity of all—is gradually replaced with a currency-based economy. Intercutting real-time documentary footage with staged speculations, Teboho Edkins exposes the far-reaching effects of globalization on locals and immigrants alike.
Previous Festivals: Berlinale, DOK.fest München, CPH:DOX, Visions Du Reel, New Directors/New Films