Rooibos Restitution

Have you ever had rooibos tea?  Ever wonder where it comes from?  Sure, South Africa, but Where? How?  Who? Rooibos Restitution tells the story of the indigenous San and Khoi people and their struggle to be recognized as the original knowledge holders of the uses of rooibos. They have staked their claim to legal ownership of something entirely intangible – the traditional knowledge of their ancestors.  They’ve also fought for a share of every rand earned by the big corporate rooibos companies which have misappropriated Khoi and San traditional knowledge in the past.  And they’ve won. There are few places in the world where such a claim has succeeded.

Rooibos Restitution is an intimate, optimistic, and carefully crafted – a vital story that echoes the experience of indigenous people here in Canada and around the world.

“Drinking rooibos, bathing in it, washing your hair and sometimes even eating the little red sticks (“stokkies tee”, like my grandmother used to say), is something we’ve taken for granted. Now it turns out my grandmother was taking care of our health and preserving a heritage that has earned the Khoi and San people global recognition.” Rooibos Restitution filmmaker Sylvia Vollenhoven

Filmmaker: Sylvia Vollenhoven
Running time: 49 min
Language: English, some Afrikaans (with subtitles)
Rating: G

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Preceded by Sides of Horn.