DAYS OF CANNIBALISM

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From a hotel in Canton, China, where African traders buy goods, to the mountains of Lesotho where Chinese entrepreneurs do business – Teboho Edkins depicts these far-reaching economic relations against the breathtaking backdrop of Lesotho’s mountains. In the region of Thaba Tseka, two cultures come together without really converging. Is it possible that coming into contact with one another might cause them to change? Could the globalised economy actually have a positive effect on the traditional cattle breeders in the mountains of Lesotho, whose livelihoods and prosperity depend on the size of their herds? Teboho Edkin’s docu-Western is more reminiscent of the metaphor ‘man is wolf to man’, as it exposes a kind of economic ‘cannibalism’ in the relationship between Africa and China.

DAYS OF CANNIBALISM Direction: Teboho Edkins, DCP, OF m. engl. UT, 78 min

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Teboho Edkins was born in 1980 in Tennessee, USA, and grew up in Lesotho and South Africa. He now lives in Cape Town and Berlin. He studied photography and fine art at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town, as well as film at the Le Fresnoy school of contemporary art in Tourcoing, France. This was followed by a degree in directing at the Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie Berlin (DFFB). His films have been shown at over 500 festivals (including in Berlin and Rotterdam), as well as at group and solo exhibitions, including at the Centre Pompidou, the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin. His film SHEPHERDS won first prize at the Oberhausen short film festival in 2020. Teboho Edkins won Best Documentary at the El Gouna Film Festival 2020 in Egypt for his film DAYS OF CANNIBALISM. He is presenting this film in Cologne, as well as his most recent short film THE ORPHANAGE about a Buddhist orphanage in Lesotho.