While the world cheered Nelson Mandela's victory in South Africa's
first multiracial election, unpredicted and underreported was the
ANC's overwhelming defeat in the province of the Western Cape. Fueled
by the votes of so-called "Coloureds" (a racial classification set
up under Apartheid that separated those individuals of mixed race
from those who were purely black or white) and some clever yet racist
campaigning, the FW de Klerk's National Party won a surprise victory.
Filmed in Cape Town during the campaign, "Cape Divided" examines how
the National Party- which was responsible for the oppression of Apartheid-
could have won the election in a region where whites do not hold the
majority. With dramatic and innovative visual style, the documentary
also takes a close look at South Africa’s future, discussing issues
of racism, ethnicity, and poverty.
Lance Larson has worked in film for seven years to date. In addition
to working in Hollywood, Larson has traveled significantly, photographed,
filmed and written with an eye on development issues and human rights.
During his first trip to South Africa in 1994 he began filming what
would later become the documentary "Cape Divided."
Larson graduated from Occidental College in 1992 with a degree in
Political Theory. In 1990, he won the Richter Fellowship to study
the effectiveness of nonviolent protest against Apartheid in South
After graduating from Occidental College in Los Angeles with degrees
in Political Theory and Film, Lance Larson worked on projects for
MTV, producer Gale Anne Hurd (TERMINATOR, THE ABYSS), and director/cinematographer
Hugh Johnson (G.I. JANE, CHILL FACTOR). This spring, Larson will begin
filming a documentary on the Kalash tribe in Northwestern Pakistan.
Lance Larson, Producer, Director
Kalash Films 548 S. Alandale Los Angeles, CA 90036