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Globally people have come to know the South African red tea Rooibos. But few know that behind the scenes an epic battle has been fought for the recognition of the ancient wisdom of the Khoi and San people.

Rooibos Restitution tells the story of this battle and a landmark victory for the people of the remote Cederberg mountain villages... the only place on earth where Rooibos grows.


Press Release from Cape Town, 1 November 2019: 

The Khoikhoi and San to finally receive benefits from the use of their knowledge of Rooibos

Sylvia Vollenhoven Bio

Sylvia is a writer, award-winning journalist, playwright and filmmaker. She was commissioned by the Volksoperahuis of Amsterdam to write Krotoa Eva van de Kaap, a play that will open in the Netherlands in Oct 2018 before touring South Africa. Her seminal dance drama about Khoisan identity, The Keeper of the Kumm (based on the novel of the same name), opened on the main programme at the 2016 SA’s National Arts Festival (NAF). A play she co-authored, My Word, Redesigning Buckingham Palace, was chosen for a run on London’s West End and for the main programme at the NAF. The Festival also selected another of her plays, Cold Case – Revisiting Dulcie September. The latter won both the inaugural Adelaide Tambo Award for Human Rights in the Arts as well as a Standard Bank Audience Award. SA Producer for the BBC mini-series Mandela the Living Legend. Head of the 2018 Alan Paton Literary Award Jury. Guest Lecturer at the University of the Free State, the University of Cape Town’s Centre for African Studies and Stellenbosch University’s Journalism Department. Member of the International Emmy Awards 2018 Jury.


Now in its 7th year, TSAFF is a non-profit event held in support of the important educational development work done by Education without Borders (EwB) — in South Africa and Canada — since 2002. In November 2020, TSAFF will go online for the first time with a new moniker — as the cross-Canadian South African Film Festival — to reach our audience and loyal supporters from the comfort and safety of your own homes.


Saturday, Oct 24th 7:30pm – 8:20pm

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