Cold Comfort Farm, the multi-racial kibbutz-style community on the outskirts of Salisbury, seems likely to be closed by the Rhodesian authorities soon.
GV/MV Cold Comfort Farm, Salisbury in distance
SV Africans picking tomatoes (3 shots)
SV Guy Clutton-Brock walking through farm
SV African spraying crops
SV African tending
CU TILT..Clutton-Brock reading document
SV Mrs Clutton-Brock arranging Christmas cards
CU Clutton-Brock speaks
SV African children
CU African speaking
SV Sheep in pen
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 9: GUY CLUTTON BROCK: "The African Nationalist movement, if they are sending in guerrilla fighters, they are not terrorists. A terrorist -- according to my dictionary -- is somebody who seeks to inspire terror in other people in the population. This is the very opposite really, to what the African Nationalist movement is wanting to do. It's wanting to inspire confidence".
SEQ 11: AFRICAN WORKER: "People may well be mistaken. Cold Comfort Farm is not the land where we are, Cold Comfort Farm is in our hearts. They can move us from this land, they can take the buildings, they can take the livestock, but they can never remove it from our hearts. Therefore it is silly to think that they will ever close it at all."
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Background: Cold Comfort Farm, the multi-racial kibbutz-style community on the outskirts of Salisbury, seems likely to be closed by the Rhodesian authorities soon. The recent Land Tenure Act, which divides Rhodesia into separate areas for white and blacks, has made the farm a white area. The authorities believe the Farm Society to be linked with African Nationalist movements and have arrested the Chairman and deprived the Treasurer of his citizenship.
More than forty people live and work on the farm. They sell their produce to African women from the nearby townships below market value, work hard and spend their spare time studying.
Mr Didymus Mutasa, the 35-year-old African Chairman of the Cold Comfort Farm Society, was arrested in a police raid on the farm last month. His family remains on the farm while he is in prison, still awaiting to be charged and put on trial. Mr Guy Clutton-Brock, 64-year-old British-born treasurer, has been deprived of his citizenship and seems certain to be deported. This is the first time the Government has taken such action against any man in Rhodesia. The authorities allege that he is a "terrorist-sympathiser", but he replies:
The Cold Comfort Farm Society acknowledges that, in a way, it is a centre of subversion. They do not agree with the legality of Mr Smith's regime and believe in the very opposite of the government's policy of separation -- in unity and integration of peoples, cooperation and brotherhood.
The Rhodesian authorities believe that by increasing racial separation they will be lessening racial friction and therefore maintaining racial harmony. The entire country is therefore being divided up into white "areas" and African "homelands" roughly equal in area, but Africans outnumber Europeans 14:1.
The Africans on the farm believe that its closure is imminent, but they are not that pessimistic....