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‘To think, that we went back - we went forward. Everything was white, ice, there was nothing. The ice was already a few hundred meters high when we left, but now there were no mountains, no hills. Just ice, as far as you could see, just ice. There was no Karoo, you didn’t even know which country you were in, just ice, people had to live underground - and still, what kind of life was this?’
Video and words inspired by ‘Swart ster oor die Karoo’ by Jan Rabie, 1957. Novel about a future human race that has to live in a solar system where the Sun has gone dark. They travel back in time and stop the earth from turning so that the one side becomes cold and the other side hot, to try persuade humans of the past to change their ways for the sake of the future - they also take them to the future where the physically adapted humans are all living underground to stay alive.
IBART JANSE VAN RENSBURG, SALPETERKOP, NEAR SUTHERLAND, NORTHERN CAPE
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