“We rise for Our Land” (50-min) explores the complexities and contentions of land struggles in 3 countries in Southern Africa- Eswatini ( formerly known as Swaziland), Mozambique, and Zambia. The protagonists of our film are rural women who both work the land and mobilize for legislation to put themselves at the center of decision-making around land use.
"We Rise for Our Land" reveals the ways African women in the rural areas of Mozambique, Zambia, and Eswatini, are on the forefront of radical struggles against new forms of global capitalist configurations and accumulation while simultaneously pushing back against the traditional forms of anti-imperialist and anti-colonial models of struggle, in productive and generative ways. The Rural Women's Assembly in Southern Africa reimagines contemporary land-based struggles through emphasizing women's collective leadership as an integral aspect of movement building and feminist praxis that challenges Africanized (neo)colonial and patriarchal land tenure systems, relationships to power, hyperextractive multinational industries, and state repression through building regenerative practices and rural women's agency as political actors and reproducers of their communities
Repression and criminalisation of social movements across the Southern African Development Community region, targeted at land activists and smallholder farmers have become a major area of concern. In almost every S.A.D.C country, the rights of individuals or groups to exercise fundamental democratic rights to protect themselves from land alienations spearheaded by dominant capital working with African states as well as to occupy land has been limited and in some cases denied by the state.