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South Africa

A Constitution Worth Fighting For.

A discussion of the need to draft a constitution for South Africa that will protect the rights of every citizen and provide the framework for good government. Sponsored as a public service by The Free Market Foundation with the support of The Center for International Private Enterprise. (M-PAL format) 1996. 16 min.

African Jim (Aka Jim Comes to Jo'burg) (South Africa, 1949)

Cast: Daniel Adnewmah, Dolly Rathebe, Dan Twala, Sam Maile. Made on the eve of apartheid's inception, this is the first full length feature film made in South Africa with an all native African cast. Featuring top African singers and music of the 1950's, this is a unique record of a lost era. 51 min. [preservation copy]

Alan Paton's Beloved Country

Alan Paton -- teacher, author, politician -- was one of South Africa's most remarkable sons. This documentary reveals the man and the complex relationship he had with his country. Repelled by the racism he saw in the homeland he loved, his Christian conscience propelled him into the world of political action. He wrote Cry the Beloved Country, the novel that had the most profound impact in the world-wide struggle against apartheid. This documentary relates the author to his work and includes Paton reading extracts from his novel. [1999?] 54 min.

Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony

Tells the story of black South African freedom music and the central role it played against apartheid. Specifically considers the music that sustained and galvanized blacks for more than 40 years. Focuses on the struggle's spiritural dimension named for the Xhosa word for "power". An uplifting story of human courage, resolve and triumph. Featuring Vusi Mahlasela, Jeremy Cronin, Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Sophie Mgcina, Dolly Rathebe, Sifiso Ntuli, Abdullah Ibrahim, Duma Ka Ndlovu.

An Act of Faith: The Phelophepa Health Train. (Life, Part 4)

A group of health professionals spends nine months or each year touring the poorest and most remote areas of South Africa by rail. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the "good clean health train" delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities. c2000. 24 min.

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Description from Bullfrog Films catalog


This play, commissioned by the BBC, is written, directed, and acted by "The Committee Artists", a South African performing group. Five prisoners in a South African jail recall--through word, song, and dance--the events which have brought them there. "Asinamali" means we have no money. The men portrayed in "Asinamali" have been victimized by the laws, police brutality, unemployment, and humiliation of apartheid. Based on the play by Mbongeni Ngema. 1995. 66 min.

At Home and Abroad: The Two Faces of Jan Smuts

Examines the life of Jan Smuts, Afrikaner and prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919-1924 and 1939-1948. He was hailed in Europe as a peacemaker, but in South Africa he missed the opportunity to push for a more inclusive racial vision that could have saved the nation from years of turmoil and suffering. Features archival film footage with commentary by authors, academics and historians. Supplementary short issued with: The Adventures of young Indiana Jones. 2007. 32 min.

Belonging (Real stories from a free South Africa; v. 3)

Directed by Minky Schlesinger and Khetiwe Ngcobo. Born into exile as the daughter of political emigres, Kethiwe Ngcobo and her family returned to their longed-for homeland, South Africa in 1994. Now ten years later, Kethiwe, a hip, young woman with a British accent finds herself struggling to find her place in the new South Africa. Hoping to reconcile the warring strands of her identity, Khetiwe seeks healing in her Zulu traditions. At the same time, her sister refuses to participate in any ceremonies as meaningless rituals. Khetiwe is not alone in her journey to find belonging.

Biko: Breaking the Silence.

Presents the story of Stephen Biko. Parts of the motion picture, Cry Freedom are shown. 1987. 55 min.

Boesman & Lena (South Africa, 1999)

Directed by John Berry. Cast: Danny Glover, Angela Bassett, Willie Jonah. Examines the devastating effects of racism on the human spirit through the progress of one couple's life together under Apartheid, as they are pushed from the bucolic Eden of South African farmlands into a makeshift shelter on the mudflats near Cape Town. Based on the play by Athol Fugard. 84 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database