Shepherds & Butchers film unveils trauma of white men under apartheid regime

Award-winning film, Shepherds & Butchers,, explores the trauma inflicted on white men by the South African government under apartheid.

The novel-turned-film explores the other side of apartheid through the life of a young man who suffered from the trauma of the often violent system.

702/Cape Talk's Eusebius McKaiser spoke to novel of the book and producer of the film, Chris Marnewick and Anant Singh, regarding their work in unpacking the layers of South Africa's complex history.

I couldn't penetrate the wall of secrecy that surrounded this thing [death penalty] in South Africa until I heard that one of the prison warders had spoken out at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Chris Marnevick, author of novel Shepherds & Butchers

Singh said he was drawn to the story after three separate referrals from a book club and was compeled by the untold South African story.

The challenge is trying to take this amazing book that Chris has written and to make it into an under two-hour film because there was so much great material.

Anant Singh, producer of film Shepherds & Butchers

The film was pulled from the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) in June this year. It will be showing at the Joburg Film Festival.

Listen to the full interview below:

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