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Barber Shop: Pretoria West - South Africa2017

Episode 4

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  • 3.3
South Africa has known a turbulent history of occupation, discrimination and violence against the black population. With the ANC in power and today in the post-Mandela era, the roles are reversed. We see a true 'Black Economic Empowerment', in which the black people are favored in terms of housing and employment. The white middle class is slowly slipping away into poverty, resulting in violence, excessive drugs and alcohol abuse. Barber Shop South Africa brings the story of this impoverished white middle class who decides to insulate itself from the outside world and settles in strict religious communities on the countryside. Adri is the white female hairdresser of Filadelfia Ark, a community West of Pretoria. She cuts hair on a chair outside her bungalow. Her customers appreciate her gentle approach and visit her for an enjoyable talk. Filadelfia Ark has almost paradise like surroundings, with lakes, animals and an outdoor dining-place, but the community radiates a story of fear, exclusion, poverty and religion.

Member Reviews (1)

What a weird, racist cult! The rest of this series is so cool so this really took me by surprise. Afrikaners, famous for instigating the apartheid, are here shown living in a small religious cult where they make jokes about alligators not wanting to eat black people because of the taste. I don't know why this story was chosen esp since it's given almost no context i.e. apartheid is hardly mentioned, and the only barber scene in it is very short. At least the racism wasn't edited out to make them seem even more sympathetic.