White Poverty - In the New South Africa

    Arme blanken - in het nieuwe Zuid-Afrika

    • Saskia Vredeveld
    • Netherlands
    • 2009
    • 55 min
    • World Premiere
    • IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary
    After South Africa abolished apartheid and formed a new government, a lot changed for the good. The black population has gotten more rights and opportunities in a more democratic society, but not everyone has profited from the new situation. White Poverty -- In the New South Africa is the story of several white families who have lost their jobs and fallen into poverty as a consequence of preferential treatment for blacks. They are known as the "poor whites," a group that hardly gets discussed but that is rapidly increasing in size. Director Saskia Vredeveld follows an older couple that tries to help by picking up food at the supermarkets and meat auction and handing it out to the poor. They do not get any financial support from the government for their work, and it is only thanks to their determination that they manage to keep their heads above water. They bring us along to Coronation Park, an encampment just outside of Johannesburg where a large group of primarily white people live in wretched conditions. Many of them are bitter and dejected -- they feel abandoned by the very government that they once helped to elect.


    • 55 min
    • color
    • video
    • Spoken languages: English, Afrikaans
    • Subtitles in: English
    Saskia Vredeveld
    Frank van den Engel for Zeppers Film & TV
    Saskia Vredeveld
    Riekje Ziengs
    Saskia Vredeveld, Innes Botha

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    World Premiere
    IDFA Competition for Dutch Documentary

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