Farmlands

2018, Society  -   43 Comments
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Is there a white genocide occurring in South Africa? That's the conclusion reached by controversial alt-right activist and filmmaker Lauren Southern in her new feature-length documentary Farmlands.

The basis of the film is the country's complicated history with land ownership, and the hysteria that has arisen from these issues in recent times.

The crime rate in South Africa is disturbingly high. Dozens of protests are gathered on the streets every day, and municipal buildings and school houses are commonly burned to the ground. Since lawmakers passed a resolution that allows for the seizure and redistribution of land without compensation, there has been a spike in the murder of white farm owners in the region. These murders are described in graphic detail by crime scene personnel, activists in the area and relatives of the fallen.

The film accuses the government and law enforcement officials of fudging statistics and concealing the truth behind this slaughter. In defense of their practices, these institutions insist there is no evidence that these attacks are racially motivated.

During the course of the film, Southern stacks the deck against the country's "black economic empowerment laws". In one segment, she visits a squatter camp populated by white families who are destitute and forced to live without basic comforts and medical care. "There's no help for whites in South Africa," the camp land owner explains. Southern also points to the tens of thousands of minority whites who have fled the country, and the protests mounted in opposition to the farming issues that have gone unheeded by the government.

Southern and her film have been met by vociferous voices of dissent who claim that her message is motivated by thinly veiled racism. Her critics say her narrative is a cautionary rebuke to the end of apartheid, and a delirious warning call to westerners who are quickly becoming the new minority. Viewers can decide for themselves if the events and personal stories depicted in Farmlands are distastefully misleading or indicative of a larger epidemic of racially motivated violence.

Directed by: Lauren Southern

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43 Comments / User Reviews

  1. MJ

    This is mind trash.

  2. Private

    It doesn't take $300,000 to go back to Europe. This is the equivalent of Native Americans in America coming together for their land, or Native Australians doing the same; or native anything getting the colonials back for their atrocities

  3. Pipster

    Southern needs serious psychiatric help.

  4. Rory Phillipson

    SA is headed for disaster. There is a genocide going on. Zimbabwe ruins will pale by comparison. You liberals need to pull your heads out of your asses and see the world these commie bastards have created.

  5. Urban dweller

    Seriously? Journalist
    ? Journalism requires a study of historical background! Gruesome murders? Wow! The theft of the African's land! How do you settle on other people's land? And building a settlement somehow made it okay? And what are your credentials? Education? Background of credible experience? None. None. And ...wait for it ... None!

    1. Christopher Hayes

      So....you agree with her? You just think it's justified?

  6. Alliyah

    What goes around comes around and unfortunately the innocent ones end up paying for what their forefathers did.

  7. steve hughes

    ABC Australias Foreign correspondent also did a piece on this called Bloodlands. Worth a look if your after some balanced reporting!!

  8. steve hughes

    ok so between 45 and 80 white farmers were violently killed last year depending on who you believe. In the the whole of South Africa upwards of 19000 as many murders go unreported. I dont think its about race. If you have something and someone else wants it ,they take it. Black or white.

  9. Mark Gaboury

    Technically, this is as polished as what the CBC is capable of, with the truth instead of fake news, without it costing millions of dollars, and without the hatred of men and whites. This is a huge accomplishment by a young conservative woman. South African blacks have never thrown off their savage ways; that is the problem, essentially.

  10. ad

    Lauren Southern isn't alt-right what lol

  11. David

    Not really a good documentary. This doesn't mean that the situation in South Africa is not dire. It needed someone from the government who could actually say something. She spoke to a few Afrikanners but what about the English descent South Africans. Liked the illustration of the migration of peoples, brown, black and white. Too many illustrations of the brutality. She seemed to be looking to create revulsion and fan emotions.

  12. diazj3

    I call bull****: right wing propaganda. Sure, some white colonialists have been killed, but nothing like what the movie portrays.

    And just think about it: white, christian, rich (comparatively speaking), european (descent) people are getting killed... and there's almost nothing in the news? Fox news and other media outlets - let alone Trump - would be raising hell over it.

    1. Bob

      The Russians and Australians have offered amnesty you dumb*ss. Back into your lefty bubble you go.

  13. Zim66

    all whites could move out give them what they want and they will run it in the ground. They elect thier own race NOW and whats happened Kill whitey mentality. when the enemies gone they will eat thier own.

  14. Paul

    This was inevitable, too many unrealistic promises were made and accepted by people who wanted to believe them.

  15. CC

    It sounds like karma to me. I'm white, but I don't agree with what was done here in the US to the Native Americans, and I don't agree with what went on all over the world when various white imperialists were trying to "settle" the whole damn world with their "colonies" purely out of greed. I don't agree with anyone taking what does not belong to them. I don't like murder in the name of any reason, but on the other hand, how can we expect better than what we gave to them in the first place?

    1. Thomas

      Who does South Africa belong to? Black people? Who defined the border of the nation, who wrote the laws and won its independence, who has presided over its development from wilderness to (formerly) prosperous farmland and industrial zones?

      I assume you are unfamiliar with the history of the Bantu "expansion" in Africa? They spread from modern Nigeria/Cameroon in a wave of conquest and genocide throughout Africa. After considering the Khoisan, who numbered very few and are substantially distinct from the Bantus (both genetically and culturally), black Africans are no more native to that part of Africa than white Afrikaners.

    2. Alliyah

      Exactly. I'm white too, and as I said, what goes around comes around.

  16. Roger Andout

    The shoe is firmly on the other foot, post apartheid. The oppressed is now the percieved 'oppressor', as is the case in all such circumstances, think post WW2 Europe. Politically, the situation is very similiar, except that there is no 'allied army' to impose government without vengence. Nevertheless, it's very unfortunate.

    1. Thomas

      Implying there was no vengeance committed against peoples of Axis nations after WW2? And I think you would be hard pressed to find comparable atrocities committed by whites against blacks in Africa, at a scale and degree resembling that of the brutal, heinous farm murders...

  17. Tom doss

    Whatever they touch, they f ck up.

  18. tom

    Mandela didn't keep his promises to his supporters after he was elected changing nothing.

  19. MG

    I stopped at the first sentence..."something sinister in South Africa" and I knew the answer...APARTHEID.

  20. MJ

    Just watched the film. The elephant in the room isn't whether or not it's a racial war but the fact that all of the radical groups in government are in fact, Marxists. They are using race, as a lever to prise the people apart. Divide and conquer. If South Africa were a majority white nation, the Marxist would use an means of achieving their goal. South Africa was a developed country with a thriving economy and after the ANC took power, it has suffered a "brain drain" of wealthy and educated people over that past 30 years. Whilst the coastal cities enjoy tourism and foreign investment, the interior is languishing in squalor and the blacks are blaming the whites. I pray that war is averted and a peace can be made before things become worse.

  21. Ceci

    A tint of racism?! Lol... here’s the advice they give in my country: GO BACK WHERE U CAME FROM!

    1. Craig Simpson

      But we all came from Africa.

    2. sashamanda

      Both white and black entered SA at about the same time.

    3. Gertrude van Voorden

      I believe that would qualify as racism, a hatecrime punishable by law, if made in Europe about people coming from african or other non european cultures.

  22. rambo919

    I did find it a bit more emotionalized than might have been fitting but I can get how the west needs to be shocked into realizing how bad the monster they helped create with their clumsy short sighted meddling has become. You don't get to just wave a magic wand and overnight civilize group of people that were mostly still barbaric at 1900.... Africa is neither America nor Europe, things don't work the same.

  23. george

    We are all human we all fight for the same resources. At the start of the documentary it talks of the whites leaving cape town to escape their own enslavement. When you have a competition based society then it makes logical sense to group together along class or racial lines to improve your odds of gaining those resources. what we need is less people on this planet so we do not have to fight to survive.

    1. Jackal

      The last part of your comment is on the mark. How we manage that is the big question. At some point in time people are going to realize that two children per family, even one child per family, is going to be necessary, as well as coping with climate change, for civilization to survive.

    2. S. Jenika

      Oh, the "elites" are working on that! - Eliminating people by many ways. The problem isn't that there are "too many people" on planet earth - the problem is that we have two groups whose gaps are widening - the Haves and the Have Nots.

    3. Gertrude van Voorden

      You better do some updating of your knowledge. 75 % of all land is owned now by the 1 % elite. Often gained through landgrabbing, forcing indigenous people out of the lands, the forests etc. You are preaching Eugenics as promoted by the Club of Rome. A worldpopulationreduction by 75 - 95 % also called the Culling of the empty feeders. Many lands in Africa are now naturereserves, where the extremely rich can hunt for a huge fee, murdering drugged up wild animals. If you have the illusion being less people will solve the problem, then think again. BTW there used to be a hypothesis on line proving we are not too many people on earth and famines are unnecessary for there is enough food in the world but not the financial means freed to make distribution feasible. Also crops are marketdriven and the rich elite regularly first promoted crops then to make them worthless when harvestingtime came. So i believe it was Ethiopia was seduced to grow cotton in stead of food, to end up with nothing. First in Kenia and now in Ethiopia a rich dutch grower of roses working a militarized plant, is destroying waterwells and other watersources, so that local people and local cattle die from lack of water, whilst the roses are watered plenty to be exported to Europe.

  24. Thomas

    An interesting documentary showing hate and violence didn't stop after apartheid. It just changed sides.

    1. Thomas

      And became a whole lot more hateful, and a whole lot more violent...

  25. Richard Jenkins

    Far Right propaganda with no balance and a tint racism. The director fails to show a balanced report and us only sympathetic to colonialists with no point of view of thise that were colonized.

    1. rambo919

      Firstly, its was the British that was the only actually official colonial power and they were not mentioned at all.

      Secondly Apartheid was not a colonial system and the Bantu technically colonized the eastern half of South Africa at the same time as the Europeans colonized the western half so there are NO "colonized" to HAVE sympathy for unless you mean the Khoi-San which is a loose bastardized group formed from the actual natives who are actively being discriminated against more by the blacks than by the whites.

      Before calling something "far right" propaganda first get rid of your far left delusions.

    2. David

      Every mainstream documentary/report of South Africa is left wing biased. And White South Africans weren't colonists (SA wasn't ruled by Netherlands) but settlers who built the country/civilization. Blacks came and replaced Bushmen just a few years earlier.

    3. Jodi Bieber

      Sensationalistic, irresponsible, one sided journalism, far right propaganda. How can this site support this??? I am sorry for the farmer's loss however this documentary can not be taken seriously.

    4. Achems Razor

      to Jodi Bieber.
      TDF does not support anything, we are offering you free documentary's for your enjoyment, or not.

    5. Gertrude van Voorden

      I have not yet watched the docu but am familiar with docus about gruesome murders in Zimbabwe. Here in EU we do not get to call second or third generations immigrants/guestworkers, anything other than Dutch if they have the Dutch nationality. Would be a good thing to apply that too to descendants of colonialists, which often give work to local people, whilst as the murders in Zimbabwe show, those ramsacking a place, murdering the white occupants have nothing good in store for the local people. Also check out some comments on YT of the movement The Black Hebrews, i suspect many Bantus, a group that originated where? which colonized large parts of Africa, to the demise of indigenous peoples. The movement has been founded/started by 2 black Free Masons in the USA. Always suspicious when those are involved. They intend to murder all khazarian jews in Israel and ultimately all white people in the world, with a claim that originally it was black people living everywhere owning the land.

  26. Ash

    No comments. Weird