Custodians of the Countryside

Custodians of the Countryside

Custodians of the countryside: The reversal of urbanisation as we know it, in which people move away from urban centres to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, is accompanied by its own impacts. These include – new homes, 4X4 vehicles, strange neighbours, etc. Rural towns suffer as a result of these shifts – Rosendal being one of these towns is not exempted from dealing with this new reality. The traditional residents of these towns don’t always realise the real or potential impact of knowledge and cultures being brought to them. All they see are new people crowding their space and consuming the existing resources. The documentary explores the phenomenon and makes assessment of what it means to assume the responsibility of becoming a custodian of the countryside within this new reality.

My times: The thrills, joys and tribulations of one man’s amazing journey moving him from singing American cover versions in the late 1970’s, to embracing his responsibility as a custodian of the countryside is an amazing transition. Blondie Makhena represents a real and very personal connection we all have and share with our environment. Following how he embraces his responsibility when he becomes a ‘Sangoma’ illustrates the crystal clear differences dominating the distinctions between African traditions on the one hand and modernity on the other.

  • Duration: 48 minutes
  • Episodes: 2
  • Language/s: English
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