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Monday, October 31, 2011

War of the Flea: New Documentary Film about Farm Murders in South Africa


A 93 minute documentary called, “War of the Flea” will soon be available for viewing worldwide. The movie is about farm murders in South Africa, and was produced by Rian van der Walt, who previously worked on TV documentaries for, among others, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

War of the Flea examines the reasons for the brutal and often sadistic nature of the attacks, and also its impact on South African society. Controversial issues such as land invasions, Julius Malema’s hate speech trial, and the governments’ apparent failure to put a stop to these attacks and murders, are some of the concerns raised.

The movie was filmed with high-definition video cameras and complies with international standards. Van der Walt is currently in negotiations with the SABC to get the movie screened on national television, but nothing definite has been achieved yet.


The following trailer depicts the opening sequence:



Link here to the Internet Movie Database – War of the Flea 

War of the Flea, by Robert Taber

I am not sure why the name “War of the Flea” was chosen for this documentary, and can only presume that Robert Taber’s 1965 classic study of Guerrilla Warfare entitled, “War of the Flea”, has more relevance than meets the eye.


It’s a book that should have been compulsory school reading at least 40 years ago, but I suppose it’s never too late to learn the lessons it teaches. The Art of War by Sun Tzu is another book our tutors should have forced us to study.

The following description of Taber’s War of the Flea was sourced from the pages of  Kalahari.com:

"The guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the dog's disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and agile an enemy to come to grips with." With these words, Robert Taber began a revolution in conventional military thought that has dramatically impacted the way armed conflicts have been fought since the book's initial publication in 1965. Whether ideological, nationalistic, or religious, all guerrilla insurgencies use similar tactics to advance their cause. The War of the Flea's timeless analysis of the guerrilla fighter's means and methods provides a fundamental resource for any reader seeking to understand this distinct form of warfare and the challenge it continues to present to today's armed forces in the Philippines, Colombia, and elsewhere.


The following Afrikaans news report was sourced from news24.com:



Storie oor plaasmoorde wêreldwyd uitgestuur

2011-10-31 08:00
Vicus Bürger

Bloemfontein – ’n Dokumentêre rolprent oor plaasmoorde in Suid-Afrika wat begin met die grusame moord op die tweejarige Wilmientjie Potgieter van Lindley en haar gesin, kan eersdaags oor die wêreld heen gesien word.

War of the Flea vertel aan die hand van statistieke hoe baie boere wreed vermoor word en ondersoek die redes vir dié grusame aanvalle. Omstrede kwessies soos grondhervorming, Julius Malema (ANC-jeugleier) se haatspraakverhoor, die regering wat glo nie genoeg doen om plaasmoorde te bestry nie en die gevolge van die apartheidregering kom in die kollig.

Klem word gelê op Suid-Afrika se gewelddadige agtergrond en samelewing in onderhoude met onder meer Prince Mashele, hoof van die Sentrum vir Politiek en Navorsing in Pretoria, en dr. Johan Burger, senior navorser van die Instituut vir Sekerheidstudies.

Mashele sê ’n ongeskoolde en onopgevoede jong man met ’n gebroke familie wat in ’n ghetto of informele nedersetting grootgeword het en hopeloos is, het ’n groter kans om uiteindelik ’n moordenaar en misdadiger te word.

Hy sê in townships kan gewelddadige mense ontwikkel.

Volgens Burger is Suid-Afrika se moordsyfer vyf of ses keer die internasionale gemiddeld. Altesaam 34,6 moorde word per 100 000 mense gepleeg.

Die rolprentvervaardiger Rian van der Walt, wat al onder meer aan dokumentêre natuurprogramme vir die televisiekanale Discovery Channel en Animal Planet gewerk het, sê die rolprent het nie ’n positiewe boodskap nie, maar vertel harde en soms ontstellende feite.

“Ek doen weg met illusies.”

Die rolprent probeer om mense met die nodige inligting toe te rus sodat hulle besluite kan neem om hulself te beskerm, sê Van der Walt.

Een van die plaasaanvalle in Suid-Afrika wat in die rolprent ondersoek word, is die moorde op Attie en Wilna Potgieter en hul dogtertjie, Wilmientjie, op die plaas Tweefontein naby Lindley.

Emosionele oomblikke word op kamera vasgevang wanneer onderhoude met onder andere Susan Nortjé, suster van mev. Potgieter, en Bokkie van Staden, Wilmien se ouma, gevoer word.

Van der Walt het besluit om die rolprent met die Potgieter-moord te begin omdat dit “die ergste is (van al die plaasmoorde)”.

Hy het op Louis Trichardt in Limpopo grootgeword. “Ek het nie op ’n plaas gewoon nie, maar wel in ’n boeregemeenskap en was altyd bewus van boere wat vermoor word. Ek het vir myself gesê as ek eendag groot is, gaan ek ’n dokumentêr oor plaasmoorde doen.”

Hy onderhandel tans met die SAUK om die rolprent op die kassie uit te saai, maar niks is al afgehandel nie.

Van der Walt skryf dit in vir plaaslike en oorsese rolprentfeeste en wil dit ook in teaters laat draai. Die rolprent is met hoë-definisie-videokameras verfilm en voldoen aan interna­sionale standaarde, sê hy.

Sourced from: afrikaans.news24.com

9 comments :

Ravensqarr said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Two points:
1. If shown on the ANC run SABC it will probably be heavily cencored.
2. Unfortunately the reaction from a person living in safety will be one of indifference.

At least our plight will be out there...

sean boolsen - vorster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

With reference to Ravenqarr, please do know full well that the plight of Afrikaners and Europeans in South Africa is not met with indifference in the West. The deafening silence of the mainstream media is broken as the genocide of Europeans in South Africa becomes more and more evident. This documentary, when it is eventually available is long in the waiting and will make a monumental difference. The lamestreet media no longer holds a monopoly of ideas and thinking as a critical point has been reached relating to alternative internet based news and documentary. The genocide of our people cannot and will not be silenced by barbarians indefinitely.

sean boolsen - vorster said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

My name is Sean Boolsen - Vorster.

I am a Canadian citizen, a European Union citizen, an Argentine citizen and I despise my South African citizenship. I am sixteen years old and I left South Africa when I was three. When this documentary comes out, eventually, I will see that everyone at my school and community knows the horror of black racists and the genocide that they have visited on our people.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Where can I get this movie

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Anonymous (March 11, 2012 10:36 PM)

Good question!

Is there anyone out there who knows where this movie can be purchased or viewed in its entirety? Youtube has numerous trailers and excerpts but not the full documentary. The production house for this film is “Seven of Nine Productions”. Their youtube feed is here, and their website is here, but none of these sites can assist with procurement of the film.

I find this rather odd for a film that was released in November 2011. It was apparently screened at the Daring Doccies Film Festival in Cape Town, from 25 November - 1 December 2011, but since then, nothing!

The website for this film (www.waroftheflea.co.za
) is also showing nothing… It simply says: “Welcome. This domain has been registered on behalf of our customer by MWEB Business.”

???

Rian Van der Walt said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi all, the documentary is now available on dvd. Go to www.waroftheflea.co.za to purchase or email me at info@waroftheflea.co.za for further info on how to get the dvd. Thank you all for the support

Rian - director , 'War of the Flea'

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hallo Riaan, I/we appreciate the hard work you have done in making this film for the plight of the Boer/'afrikaner' but I find it odd that the video can only be seen by buying the DVD.
Of course some and not all people will want to purchase the video which helps to cover your costs, but wouldn't the message be better spread by offering a link to the full documentary video link with the intention of spreading the word far and wide?
I know for a fact this video would go viral and help people be aware of the terrible farm murders going on.
Please consider putting the FULL documentary on your website or youtube so the message can be spread.
Thanks. C

Mourits Janse Van Rensburg said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi. It hurts my hard to no that out there people are getting killed . I also have a family of my own and I dont no what I'll do if they get hurt . I think this movie is a good thing to publish out there then people can see whats going on in south africa . Lots of people are living in fear . And thats not the way to live . I looking forward to seeing this movie . Kind regards . I janse van rensburg

Mourits Janse Van Rensburg said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi. It hurts my hard to no that out there people are getting killed . I also have a family of my own and I dont no what I'll do if they get hurt . I think this movie is a good thing to publish out there then people can see whats going on in south africa . Lots of people are living in fear . And thats not the way to live . I looking forward to seeing this movie . Kind regards . I janse van rensburg

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