I found these photographs in an antique shop in South Africa and ended up using them in a short film I made called The Land Is White, The Seed Is Black, which was shown at the Berlin Festival and then internationally. It tells the story of my father, Professor Makhaola Dublin Paul Bolofo, who was born in Basutoland in 1918. A history teacher, he was forced to flee his country some 30 years ago, unfairly accused of Communist infiltration by the Apartheid government. His family house was destroyed, his father’s land confiscated, even his car had to be abandoned. But after Nelson Mandela was elected to presidency, he retuned in 1994 to find his people, his rights and what was remaining from his past.
Photographs courtesy of Koto Bolofo African Archive collection.