Steve Hofmeyr's film premieres this evening

2015-05-14 15:39

Bloemfontein - With their history of fighting farm murders, the TLU did not hesitate to get involved in the controversial movie Treurgrond, which premieres tonight, a TLU official told News24.

Afrikaans singer Steve Hofmeyr, infamous for singing Die Stem at a concert last year, plays the lead role and has written and performed some of the music in this film.

The TLU, the oldest agricultural society in South Africa, features prominently in the battle against farm attacks with their Farm Murder Campaign.

Henk van de Graaf, assistant general manager of the TLU, told News24 during the NAMPO Harvest Day show in Bothaville: "We are an investor. We got involved because this movie places the focus on farm murders in a different, fresh way and brings it to the attention of the public. We hope that this film will be released internationally."

The TLU has taken their fight to the international stage before. Van de Graaff was at the EU twice and addressed the UN Human Rights Commission’s forum on Minority Rights last year.

"The farm murder issue has a lot of sympathy in Europe. The Afrikaans word 'Plaasmoorde' [farm murders] is almost as well-known as the word Apartheid years ago. But unfortunately the diplomatic wheel turns slowly."

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