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1st Place World Press Photo Multimedia Contest 2012

Afrikaner blood

This short multimedia film is the first production of Frog in a tent. It looks at how an extreme right-wing group is teaching young white South Africans to eschew Nelson Mandela's vision of a multicultural rainbow nation. The fringe group Kommandokorps, led by old-apartheid army leader Franz Jooste, organizes camps during school holidays for Afrikaners, white teenagers of mainly Dutch and German descent. He teaches them to defend themselves against crime in South Africa and that black South Africans are their enemy. He tells them they are firstly Afrikaners and should deny their South African identity. We followed them on one of the camps, where in nine days boys who once carried a budding belief in South Africa's unity become toughened men with racist ideas.

This production was co-produced with Metropolisfilm who shared Frog in a tent's vision of experimenting with multimedia and was edited by Thomas Knijff.


About Frog in a tent

Frog in a tent is a multimedia production studio with a goal of producing quality multimedia stories. It is an initiative by Ilvy Njiokiktjien en Elles van Gelder who believe in innovative ways to tell stories and in slow journalism and in depth reporting. Afrikaner Blood is their first short multimedia documentary. They won the Picture of the Year International (POYI) in the catogory Issue Reporting Multimedia for this project. Njiokiktjien has won several awards for the stills in Afrikaner Blood.

Elles van Gelder is a Dutch journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is a writer, radio journalist and videographer. Her work has been published in Dutch and international publications, including The Telegraph Magazine (UK), L’Espresso (Italy), dsWeekblad (Belgium), Vrij Nederland (The Netherlands), OneWorld (The Netherlands), newsagency GPD (The Netherlands) and Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

Ilvy Njiokiktjien is a Dutch photojournalist based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. She works freelance as a news and reportage photographer. Her work has been published in The Telegraph Magazine (UK), L’Espresso Magazine (Italy), The Mail & Guardian (South Africa), Vrij Nederland (the Netherlands), HP de Tijd (the Netherlands) and through the Dutch Press Agency (ANP), and many others.