Azibuye — The Occupation

  • Dylan Valley
  • South Africa
  • 2019
  • 10 min
  • Digital, Immersive
  • European Premiere
  • do not touch, IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

A dilapidated house stands on a steep mountain slope in a wealthy Johannesburg suburb. The windows and doors are gone, there are huge holes in the roof, and the wilderness has overrun the brick and concrete. It is now home to Masello and Evan, two Black artists who have squatted the building. They proclaim their occupation to be an artistic and political act to address the ongoing inequalities in land ownership in South Africa.

In the sometimes idyllic, sometimes dizzying 360-degree images, we see Masello and Evan at work in the house. They repair the roof and clear the wilderness to make way for a vegetable garden. In one of the huge rooms, the artists paint a mural depicting the long history of expropriation laws in the country. The derelict house becomes a refuge, an indictment, and a gallery, all at the same time. But when the squatters discover the identity of the owner, it sparks a thought-provoking discussion of race, power, and class systems.


  • 10 min
  • Spoken languages: English
Dylan Valley
Caitlin Robinson for Electric South
Executive producer
Steven Markovitz for Electric South , Ingrid Kopp for Electric South
Stephen Abbott
World Sales
Electric South

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European Premiere
do not touch
IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

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