This short film examines the multifaceted phenomenon of post-conflict 'development' in the new nation of South Sudan, where the majority of the population are now returned refugees.
In contrast to the last fifty years of civil war, the massive NGO (non government organisation) presence is widely regarded as an unquestionable good. However, those with more insight into the western world are beginning to articulate some of the hidden cultural effects of capitalist development.
I shot it on location in Juba, South Sudan in May 2007. I edited this 20 minute version for submission as my dissertation for an MA in Visual Anthropology at Goldsmith's College, London. A .pdf version of my accompanying essay (detailing the historical and academic context of this films) can be found on my site at:
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