Orania # 5


17:15, Saturday 15th June, CMB 1&2

rai 5 orania

  • Director/Anthropologist: Tobias Lindner
  • Year of Release: 2012
  • Duration: 94 mins
  • Country of Production: Germany
  • Location: South Africa
  • Ethnic Group: Boer
  • Language: Afrikaans (English)


Orania is situated in South Africa's barren Northern Cape Province. All of its 800 inhabitants are white Afrikaners. They live here on private property which was bought in 1991. People of other cultural or ethnic descent may not live or work here. The people of Orania refuse to take part in the post-apartheid transformation process leading to the "Rainbow Nation". Crime, unemployment and social pressure make the inhabitants feel that their culture is under threat in the new South Africa. Consequently, they strive to stay ethnically exclusive,creating a "cultural homeland" to preserve their heritage. Yet individual motivations seem to range widely from idealism to opportunism to desperation. The film observes its protagonists on a personal level to explore the mechanisms behind this societal experiment.

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Organised by the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain & Ireland (RAI) since 1985, it is an itinerant festival that moves biennially from one university host to another, in association with local community and cultural organisations.

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