Fatherland official trailer
The controversial new documentary, FATHERLAND, produced and directed by filmmaker Tarryn Lee Crossman is a hard and unscripted look inside the ‘Kommandokorps’ military boot camps that are being run deep in the South African bushveld. These camps are designed to recreate a sense of Nationalism amongst the next generation of Afrikaaners. Col. Franz Jooste is in charge at the Kommandokamps, he is an ex-SADF soldier that fought for his country pre 1994.
The film follows three particular boys who spend nine days at the camp and focuses on the conflicting views developed by the boys, who, under the strict leadership of their camp leader, struggle to find their own identity within their own communities and the within ‘rainbow’ nation at large. The children are forced to participate in a physically and mentally grueling process that tests their values, believes and identities on many levels.
Fatherland is a coming-of-age documentary set in the remote South African bush. It follows a group of Afrikaner boys over 9 days at a military-style camp in the spirit of their fathers before them. However, what starts out as basic training, fitness and camaraderie soon intensifies as the true nature of the camp is revealed and the boys are forced to question their place in the ‘New South Africa’.
Tarryn Lee Crossman – Director / Producer
Tarryn has been producing and directing film content for over ten years, most notably as a senior producer at MTV Africa. In 2011 she moved to NY to further her studies. After returning to South Africa she began focusing on producing films that spoke to her interests, through her production company, TIA Productions.
This is Tarryn’s first full-length documentary and saw her living in the bush with the Kommandokorps for the duration of the camp. The camp leaders, who were proud to share their philosophies with the rest of South Africa, gave her unprecedented and unfettered access to film during the nine-day camp.
“Fatherland was a difficult film to make, because the last thing I wanted to do as a filmmaker was to perpetuate the racial stereotypes about South Africa. Racial relations are still sensitive in a country that’s policies segregated its people for generations. I resolved to produce the film, because I believe in the truth and I didn’t want to hide what we had filmed in fear of public reaction.” – Tarryn Crossman.
Graham Boonzaaier – Cinematographer / DOP
Graham’s love for imagery began many years ago, and he has since found his vessel for expression in cinematography. His aim is to transport the viewer into the world of narrative through the use of cinematic language; light, colour, composition, medium etc. He has worked on various projects, from feature films, drama series’ and short films to music videos, commercials, documentaries and television. All have given him the opportunity to not only travel extensively but also to shoot on many different formats and cameras including 16mm film, 35mm film, RED Epic, RED, Arri Alexa, Sony F3, Canon C300, and Canon 5D.
“My true love lies within the world of a narrative, where my craft can bring a narrative to life. I feel my relationship with story telling is going to be a long and eventful one, and I look forward to it.,” – Graham Boonzaaier.
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Where you can see it
Click here http://www.sidewaysfilm.com/fatherland/ to watch the film.
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