In a futuristic South Africa, where a land reform policy forces their families to swap homes, two teenagers fall in love with one another while unsure if they will ever meet.
It is 2034. To avoid becoming victims of ethnic cleansing, all people living in areas in which they were not born and – and vice versa – must ‘go home’, meaning Primo January and Bethany Lawrence must be uprooted and rehoused. The teenagers do not meet each other as families are displaced and forced to live in strangers’ homes, but as they end up in one another’s rooms and discover their personal documents, they fall in love with each other while unsure if they will ever meet. Then the supposedly temporary Partition becomes permanent, and Primo seeks out one last, life-threatening opportunity to meet Bethany. Headland is a rural science-fiction teen romance that bends several genres to send South African cinema in a new direction.