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Days of Cannibalism

directed by Teboho Edkins




STATUS COMPLETED
YEAR 2020
GENRE Documentary
COUNTRY France, South Africa, Netherlands
LANGUAGE Sesotho, Fujianese, Mandarin, English
RUNTIME 78
ORIGINAL TITLE Le Temps du Cannibalisme
DOMESTIC RELEASE Jour 2 Fête




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.