Azibuye – The Occupation is a stereo 360° documentary about Masello and Evan, two homeless black artist/activists who take up residence in a crumbling mansion, vacant for 20 years, in an affluent part of Johannesburg. They proclaim their illegal occupation to be an artistic and political act to address the ongoing racial inequalities in land ownership in South Africa. When it is revealed who the owner of the house is, the pair have a difficult decision to make. The redistribution of land in South Africa is one of the most pressing debates in our young democracy. Due to a number of colonial and apartheid laws, most infamously The Natives Land Act of 1913, black people were dispossessed of their ancestral land and excluded from owning property in South Africa. Filmmaker, Dylan Valley has documented identity through language, gentrification, and the stories of anti-apartheid activists and believes that the land issue is central to the question of who we are as South Africans today, and how we deal with the ghosts of our past. The film had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year and the National Arts Festival is proud to host the South African premiere.
Presented as part of Creativate Digital Arts Festival.
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