Days of Cannibalism

Director/Writer: Teboho Edkins. Produced by KinoElektron (FR), in co-production with Day Zero Film and Video (SA), Keplerfilm (NL).

Funding Netherlands Film Fund: Realisering minoritaire coproductie NFF + HBF, Internationale festivalselectie.

Days of Cannibalism is a contemporary documentary Western which takes place against the backdrop of a newly emerging China-Africa relationship.

The film is set in a remote rural region in Southern Africa, a frontier space in which the laws of society are in a state of flux. The arrival of new settlers – economic migrants from China – has upset the balance of power. Old laws and old gods are being called into question.

The unbridled forces of capitalism are felt deep in these rural communities as a new order begins to evolve. Subtle moments and small gestures reveal the effect of migration, personal sacrifice, solitude, alienation and the experience of otherness. A latent violence threatens to erupt. As old structures begin to disintegrate one rule asserts itself above all others: eat or be eaten.

Festivals: Berlinale