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ROAD TO RESTITUTION (article first published : 2003-09-14)

On September 12 during the IUCN World Parks Congress in Durban, Mafisa Media launched a documentary film called Road to Restitution.

“On the remote edges of South Africa, there are people doing something central to the country's future,” reads the publicity. “Once threatened with removal from their ancestral lands to make way for wildlife, they are now using nature to rebuild their lives and the economy of the country. This is the story of their road to restitution......”

The film takes place in three remote areas of South Africa: the Richtersveld, Kosi Bay and the Northern Kruger. In a critical and honest way, the documentary examines the lives of three communities and the challenges they face now that they have returned to their ancestral land.

Director, Karin Slater, says of the production; "Road to Restitution is a film about conservation from the communities’ perspective." Her exquisite footage of some of the most beautiful areas of South Africa is the perfect backdrop to the powerful central characters who give rural people a voice through the medium of this film.

The documentary was shot and directed by award-winning film-maker Karin Slater, with Eddie Koch from Mafisa Media as the executive producer and Anthea Stephens of the IUCN (World Conservation Union) as production manager/researcher. Road to Restitution was edited by Thomas Barry.

Road to Restitution is an IUCN/Mafisa Media film made possible with funding from the Ford Foundation and GTZ.




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