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Is the film Farmlands by Lauren Southern biased?

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Lauren Southern's film Farmlands maintains a fairly neutral tone but is open to accusations of bias for including a discussion on "white genocide" and a segment filmed in a white separatist community.

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The film Farmlands, which deals with the murders of white farmers in South Africa, was made and presented by Lauren Southern. Southern has been a highly controversial figure for several years, with opponents linking her to various far-right groups and calling her a white supremacist. Against this background, it is not surprising that Farmlands has been regarded as racist by some commentators.

The two parts of the film which are most open to accusations of bias are Southern's opening, in which she talks about claims of "white genocide," and the segment of the film in which she visits the white separatist territory of Orania. In both cases, Southern maintains a relatively neutral stance. When one compares the film with Louis Theroux's documentaries about far-right and white supremacist groups, it is difficult to see much difference in the general style of presentation, and it seems fair to conclude that Southern has been more widely criticized principally because she already had a reputation for right-wing views, whereas Theroux is seen as a liberal who has always taken an anti-racist stance. However, there are occasional differences, as Theroux would sometimes object to the use of a racist slur, while Southern refrains from offering her opinions and does not give a final opinion on whether a white genocide is taking place.

If one were to accuse Southern of bias, the two most obvious grounds would be the fact that she mentions the idea of white genocide and the fact that she includes the segment on Orania, which does not appear strictly relevant to the main subject of the documentary: the murder of farmers and the South African state's apparent unwillingness to address this issue.

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