"It's important to make sure kids grow up seeing a diverse spectrum of people who look like them."
'This Land' explores cultural identity in Ireland, by way of portraying new and necessary ways of experiencing Irishness. It also follows the impact racism can have on a person's sense of identity.
Directed by Dublin-based filmmaker and photographer Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni, the film features in-depth interviews with prominent Irish artists, activists, and journalists such as Tara Stewart, Dean Van Nguyen, Ayuba Salaudeen, Ivan Klucka and many more.
The film also addresses the issue of Direct Provision and the impact that the system has had on the lives of those who are living within it. It also includes work from Asylum Archive - a project dedicated to the documentation of Ireland's Direct Provision system and the various locations that asylum seekers are being held.
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Director Zithelo Bobby Mthombeni says he feels as if he has been working on the documentary since he first arrived in Ireland.
“I found great comfort in discovering that so many other people featured in this documentary are in the same position as me," Mthombeni says.
"They are still in the process of figuring out who they are. They're constantly trying to find out what Irishness is to them."
“It feels like I've been researching this film from the moment I landed in Ireland when I was 10 years old.”
Although its runtime is just over 20 minutes, This Land gives more than enough food for thought. The film allows for reflection on what is being done in Ireland to make it a better place for everyone. Mthombeni wanted his film to serve as 'a commentary on the positivity that immigration has brought to this country.'
It does that, and more. It serves as a commentary on what ways these people have been let down, yet have still managed to thrive.
You can watch 'This Land' in full below: