My Land My Life

Director: Rehad Desai
Country: South Africa
Year: 2002
Running Time: 52 min.
Language: English

my land my life

In this journey into the heart of the Zimbabwean crisis, we get a glimpse into the complexities of a range of ordinary Zimbabweans and their understanding of their fast-changing political landscape. The film is a candid, but poetic critique of those who claim to represent the interests of the peasants and workers.

About the Director

Rehad Desai

DESAI_RehadBiography: Rehad Desai is a former political exile from South Africa, who returned to his home country in 1990. Desai entered the television and film industry as a producer and director in 1996. In 1997, he completed his master’s degree in social history at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa; he then completed a postgraduate degree in television and film production through AVEA in 2000. He runs his own film and television company, Uhuru Productions, which produces documentary and dramatic works. He is also the director of the Tri-Continental Film Festival, and is active in the self-organization of filmmakers.

(Source: Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.106)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
My Land My Life (2002);
Born into Struggle (2004);
Bushman’s Secret (2006);
You Chuse (2010 – Anita Khanna).

Filmography:
The Bank, the Bodybuilders and the Businessman (1998);
Has Socialism Failed Us? (2000);
Carlos Cardoso: An Independent Spirit (2001);
Dilemma (2002);
My Land My Life (2002);
The Untouchables (2003);
Death of a Bushman (2004);
Born into Struggle (2004);
Looting the Nation (2004 – Anita Khanna);
Taking Back the Waves (2005);
Bushman’s Secret (2006);
The Heart of Whiteness (2006);
Bhambatha – War of the Heads 1906 (2007);
You Chuse (2008 – Anita Khanna);
It Happened to Me (2008 – Rehad Desai, Arya Lalloo, Darryl Els, Michael Matsie);
The Father Inside (2009 – Rehad Desai, Arya Lalloo);
The Battle for Johannesburg (2010 – Rehad Desai, Darryl Els);
The Weather Gods (2011);
COP17: An Activists Diary (2011);
Smoke in the Sky (2011);
Permission to Stay (2011);
Miners Shot Down (2014).