Orania is a remote village in the barren centre of South Africa, an “intentional community” where only white Afrikaans people live – a culturally homogeneous place in a multicultural country. Orania is private property, and people of other ethnic descent or cultural backgrounds are not allowed to live or work there. The Oranians take pride in trying to live as self-sufficiently as they can. They do not want to be part of the ‘Rainbow Nation’ that South Africa has been striving to be since the end of Apartheid. Some live here for this ideal, others for the security, and others out of pure desperation. What lies beneath this peculiar societal experiment? A feature-length documentary about cultural identity and the thin line between self-determination and discrimination.
Tobias Lindner studied cinematography at the Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin. Between 2008 and 2010 he lived from time to time in South Africa, working on documentary photography and film projects. In 2011 he did his postgraduate degree in cinematography, with its dissertation being on “”Ethnographic Documentary – historical development of a filmic genre””. He participated in the Berlinale Talent Campus and the Campus Editing Studio with his first feature length documentary “”Orania””.