Sifuna Okwethu

Also Known As: We Want What’s Ours
Director: Bernadette Atuahene
Countries: South Africa / USA
Year: 2011
Running Time: 19 min.
Language: English

Documentary short filmed in South Africa and is about loss, resistance, identity and the elusiveness of justice as experienced by the Ndolila family in their quest to get back their family land stolen by the apartheid government in 1973. Standing in their way are working class black homeowners who purchased portions of the Ndolila’s land in the 1990s. For the homeowners, the land and houses they have legally purchased are a reward for their hard work. For the Ndolilas, the land is part of their family legacy and hence deeply intertwined with their identity. Both sides have a legitimate right to the land, but whose rights will prevail?

About the Director

Bernadette Atuahene

Biography: Bernadette Atuahene is Associate Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law and American Bar Foundation Faculty Fellow. She earned her J.D. at Yale Law School in 2002, her M.P.A. at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 2002, and earned her B.A. in 1997 (magna cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles. After law school, Professor Atuahene was in South Africa as a Fulbright Scholar. She served as a judicial clerk at the Constitutional Court of South Africa, working for Justices Madala and Ngcobo. In 2008 she won the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship and worked with the South African Director General of Land Affairs and his staff.


Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Sifuna Okwethu [We Want What’s Ours] (2013).

Sifuna Okwethu [We Want What’s Ours] (2011).