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Mier “The Ant”

The bleached Kalahari desert is the evocative setting for this short film, an Official Selection for the 2022 New York African Film Festival. Mier “The Ant” subtly explores the implications of diamond mining in the ancestral lands of the San (Bushmen). Boetie, a frustrated young man from the village where the San have been resettled, crosses paths in the desert with a San elder hunting Gemsbok in the traditional way, with poison arrows. The gun-wielding Boetie ignores the older man’s warning and sets out into the Kalahari’s diamond fields, which are posted with a stark warning to trespassers. There he has a stroke of good luck, but fortune swiftly turns against him as he becomes the hunted. Is Boetie running from himself, or from life in the settlement, which he had hoped to escape?

Director

Oliver North

Producer

Rafiq Samsodien

Screenwriter

Oliver North

Cast

Danny Ross, Shane Douman, Isak Kruiper, Jan Pietersen

Awards

Award Winner – Golden Mount Film Festival Official Selection – First-Time Filmmaker Session, Lift-Off Showcase Extravaganza, FLICKFAIR Film Festival, Garden Route International FF, New York African FF, Boden International Film Festival, International World Film Awards

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