BHAMBATHA: WAR OF THE HEADS

BHAMBATHA: WAR OF THE HEADS

Date: 2007

Director: Rehad Desai

Producers: Rehad Desai & Anita Khanna

Broadcaster: SABC South Africa

Synopsis

In 1906, to raise revenue, the Natal Colony introduces a new tax on the head of every man over the age of 18. Young chief Bhambatha leads a brave fight against the tax that not only unites many Africans but for the first time sees guerilla tactics used against the enemy on the continent. This film explores the conditions that gave Bhambatha and his supporters no option but to make a stand, and the brutal response by the colony to wrest power away from African chiefs.