South Africa Film List

Title: MANDELA THE LIVING 2004
Format: VHS
Language: English
Run Time: 52 or 57 Min. (two films)
Description: Documentary on the life of anti-apartheid activist and South African president Nelson Mandela.

Title: THE MAKING OF THE MAHATMA 2004
Format: DVD video, stereo.
Language: In English with optional subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
Run Time: 145 Min.
Description: The story of barrister Gandhi’s twenty-one year struggle (1893-1914) in South Africa which made him the Mahatma.

Title: PROPERTY OF THE STATE 2004
Format: DVD Pal
Language: In English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: This film explores the lives of gay soldiers serving in the South African Army during the apartheid era through reenactments and interviews with veterans.

Title: STATE OF DENIAL 2003
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Sotho and Zulu with English subtitles; closed captioned.
Run Time: 83 Min.
Description: South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV positive people in the world. This video illustrates how they must fight not only the disease but the drug cartels and the inactivity of their own government to get treatment.

Title: THE LUGGAGE IS STILL LABELED2003
Format: DVD video, PAL and NTSC standards on opposite sides of disc.
Language:
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: Many contemporary South African artists explore the construction of race and gender through their art. They and some white museum officials discuss the state of art education and the inclusion of black artists’ works in South African galleries and museums.

Title: COUTDOWN TO FREEDOM 2003
Format: VHS (PAL)
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Run Time: 92Min.
Description: Examines a critical moment of South African history in the days leading up to the country’s first multi-racial democratic election, from April 23 to May 2, 1994, and the election of Nelson Mandela as President, with background on key people and historical events.

Title: NIGHTS TOP 2002
Format: VHS (NTSC)
Language: In Ndebele, Shona, Nhungwe and Portuguese with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Tells of the lives of 8 prostitutes living in northern Mozambique. They reveal their individual stories of pregnancy, the search for a husband, unrequited love, violence and resignation. While the women are aware of the dangers of HIV, sex is just a commodity they negotiate.

Title: YIZO YIZO 2001
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In Zulu and English with English subtitles.
Summary
Run Time: 114, 90, 98 Min. (Three Films)
Description: The controversial education series depicted the pressing issues and the reality of township high school life in general (gangsterism, drugs and violence on school premises). Lessons are being learnt by young viewers about sexual harassment, rape, prison life and the use of firearms. Yizo Yizo shows viewers that criminals end up in jail and that young people engaging in sex must use protection.

Title: SIMON AND I 200- (?)
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Recounts the lives of two giants in the South African gay and lesbian liberation movement, Simon Nkoli and the filmmaker herself, Bev Ditsie. The story is narrated by Bev, both as a personal statement and a political history. ... their relationship is viewed against a backdrop of intense political activism and the HIV/AIDS crisis.

Title: BORN FREE AND EQUAL 2001
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: A documentary exploring issues of race and gender in southern Africa -- issues that keep people from enjoying their rights to the full and contribute to their continued poverty and discrimination. This video draws on material originally filmed as part of the television series, Beyond our borders.

Title: IT'S MY LIFE 2001
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 74 Min.
Description: Zackie Achmat is an AIDS activist who refuses to take anti-retrovirals until they are available in public hospitals and clinics. He leads the court battle against the multi-national drug companies and takes on the South African government for its confusing policies around HIV/AIDS. As a leader in the campaign for affordable treatment, Zackie’s provocative position is not one all his friends and colleagues support. When Zackie gets ill, everyone wants to know why he refuses to take the medicines that would let him lead a healthier life. Shot over 5 months, personal and public images are interwoven to provide an intimate look at an internationally profiled defiance campaign and the complexities of its leading figure.

Title: THE GUGULETU 2001
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: In English and Afrikaans and other local languages with English subtitles or voiceover.
Run Time: 107 Min.
Description: Investigates the tragic deaths of a group of young black South Africans in 1986. Originally reported as a terrorist ambush thwarted by the police, the story behind the incident is uncovered by investigators for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Title: THE SECREAT SAFARI 2001
Format: VHS (PAL)
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Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: A documentary film telling how MK, the military wing of the ANC, used an overland safari company, Africa Hinterland Safari, to smuggle weapons into South Africa.

Title: PLEASE RISE 2000
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language: Chiefly in English and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: A documentary looking at the development and history of South Africa’s two national anthems and their composers -- Die stem composed by C.J. Langenhoven and Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika composed by Enoch Sontonga. The political significance of the anthems and the combination of the anthems to create the national anthem of post-apartheid South Africa is discussed by various persons including descendants of the original composers.

Title: ON TIPTOE 2000
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 56 Min.
Description: Tells the inspiring story of the group that introduced South African music to the world, Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The film recounts how a music affirming its deeply traditional roots has been passed down and popularized under the most hostile circumstances. With its origins in the oppression of the apartheid years, Zulu men driven from their land to jobs in cities and mines, eager to maintain contact with their homeland, invented a kind of singing and dancing descended from traditional Zulu "stomping." They added influences from American popular music -- vaudeville, rag time, gospel and rock ’n roll to invent a unique musical form of resistance.

Title: FACING DEATH, FACING LIFE 2000
Format: VHS
Language: Mainly in English with some other South African language(s) with English subtitles or voiceover.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Six ordinary black civilians were caught in a mob and were accused of murdering the deputy mayor in Sharpville township, South Africa in 1984. This documentary shows how these Sharpville six suffered and nearly died for something didn’t do. Just hours away from hanging, their case was overturned and they were saved. Though they were freed finally, their lives permanently changed due to the stigma of the murder conviction and subsequent difficulties finding work and getting respect from others.

Title: SOUTH AFRICA: "FREEEOM IN OUR LIFETIME" 2000
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned
Run Time: 34 Min.
Description: A black "uprising" against the injustice of apartheid began in 1984. Many young blacks knew they could not win by violent force. Instead they organized at the grassroots-taking control of their own townships and making their grievances known to the white population.

Title: GUMBOOTS 2000
Format: DVD and VHS
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Run Time: 80 Min.
Description: It is a celebration of song and dance, an international phenomenon that has swept across the globe like a tidal wave of soaring voices and stomping feet.

Title: HAS SOCIALISM FALIED US? 200-(?)
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 24 Min.
Description: A documentary looking at the history of the South African Communist Party, it present position in the current political situation in South Africa and its future role in affecting social change. Leading members of the Party speak frankly about the issues facing the party.

Title: LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY INTO DAY 2000
Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local languages with English subtitles or voiceover.
Run Time: 95 Min.
Description: For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid’s rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa’s brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future.

Title: CAPE TOWN 2000
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Examines the roots, identity, attitudes and social conditions of the colored people in Cape Town.

Title: THE NATIVE WHO CAUSED ALL THE TROUBLE 2000
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 82 Min.
Description: "Based on an actual event in Cape Town (1937), it tells of Tselilo, a deeply religious Xhosa man who gets evicted from his land on the Cape Flats. Early one morning Tselilo chases away Ashrat and his wife who live in the house Tselilo believes is built on his land. Tselilo doesn’t want the house so much as the land on which he wants to build a church ... When Telilo is tried in court ... he has problems understanding the difference between "God’s law and white man’s law". Even the white man doesn’t always understand his own law"-- Container.
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Title: IPI NTOMBI 1998
Format: VHS
Language: Closed captioned
Run Time: 90 Min.
Description: Updated version of a musical originally produced in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1974. The story, centering on a South African miner who feels separated from his tribal roots, draws upon both traditional and contemporary African sources for its music and choreography.

Title: GLOBALIZATION AND HUMAN RIGHTS 1998
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Documentary examines the clash between the trend of increasing economic globalization and international human rights advocacy with special attention to these issues in South Africa, Nigeria, Indonesia and Thailand.

Title: WHAT HAPPENED TO MBUYISA? 1998
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 65 Min.
Description: Fascinating film about the mystery of Mbuyisa Makhubu - the heroic figure who carried the dead school child in the infamous image of the June 16th, 1976 uprisings in Soweto. Mbuyisa was forced to flee the country as a result of the picture and the international uproar which it caused. Like many in the war against apartheid, he sought exile to escape the brutality of the secret police. Like many, he never returned home. His whereabouts remain a mystery and his fate unknown, but his image is unforgettable and his story is intriguing"--Container.

Title: MAHATMA GHANDI: 20TH CENTURY PROPHET1998
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 45 Min.
Description: Follows the life of Gandhi, with emphasis on his philosophy of nonviolent noncooperation. Archival films show events in his life such as the great salt march and the home-spinning movement, both important milestones in India’s journey toward independence from Britain. "This film is not Gandhi as staged by Hollywood. This is the real Gandhi as documented by more than 200 cameramen in India, England, and South Africa from 1912 to 1948"--Container.

Title: THE LIFE AND TIMES OF SARAH BAARTMAN 1998
Format: VHS
Language: In English, French and Dutch with English subtitles.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: A documentary film of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality.

Title: A WOMEN'S PLACE 1998
Format: VHS
Language: In English and other local languages with English subtitles or voiceover.
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: This is an hour-long documentary about how women in different countries are using the law to transform their lives and change their communities. In this film are featured three countries-- South Africa, the United States, and India. All three nations are democracies, with constitutions and mixed societies, but with very different social and cultural norms and contexts.

Title: FOOLS 1997
Format: VHS (NTSC)
Language: English and Zulu with English subtitles.
Run Time: 90 Min.
Description: Set in a South African township, this is the story of a middle-aged teacher who has fallen into a life of drunkenness and lechery. He commits an act which destroys his family and devastates his community and from which he must try to redeem himself.

Title: ROBERT SOBUKWE 1997
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 48 Min.
Description: Story of the life and legacy of this South African anti-apartheid activist, who, as president of the Pan Africanist Congress in 1960, called for a decisive, non-violent campaign against the "pass law". His actions resulted in a long Robben Island prison term and banishment for himself, but his cause and his influence grew and is described here by many of his contemporaries.

Title: WHITE CITY: BLACK LIVES 1997
Format: VHS
Language: In Bantu language(s) with English subtitles and English.
Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Five residents of White City, a neighborhood in Soweto, South Africa, are given small cameras in which to tell the story of their lives providing views of black urban life in South Africa.

Title: PRIME TIME: SOUTH AFRICA 1997
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in various languages; subtitles in English.
Run Time: 110 Min.
Description: Dramas, comedies and commercials were chosen to demonstrate the variety of ways the media is portraying South Africa’s new, post-apartheid society. Includes episodes from 5 series: Soul City, dealing with HIV/AIDS; Local voter, a game show presenting voter education; Rhythm and rights, in which a radio station covers unemployment issues; Generations, a drama set in a Black-owned advertizing agency; and Going up, a situation comedy set in a multiracial law firm.

Title: AFRICA: TANZANIA, MOZAMBIQUE, LESOTHO 1996
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 29 Min.
Description: Health efforts, peace negotiations, and minority and political issues are featured in this program. UN efforts in Tanzania to eradicate schistosomiasis - a tropical disease affecting 200 million people - are detailed. Families displaced by the 16-year Mozambique civil war are beginning to reunite, because of recent UN peace accords. Positive political changes in South Africa hold no promise of a better life for the men of neighboring Lesotho, who are the main labor source for South African gold mines.

Title: SABC TV-20 YEARS, THE UNTOLD STORY 1996
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: The history of South African television is told through program clips and interviews with SABC producers and managers from planning in the mid 1970’s to 1996. The early years during apartheid involved conflicts between journalistic ethics and the network’s connection with government security forces.

Title: MAN WITHOUT FEAR 1996
Format: VHS (PAL)
Language:
Run Time: 69 Min.
Description: A behind the scenes look at the life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Title: THE LONG JOURNEY OF CLEMENT ZULU 1995
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 66 Min.
Description: Traces the first year of freedom for three men released from South Africa’s maximum security political prison, Robben Island, in 1991. The three men are: Ebrahim Ismail Ebrahim, Clement Zulu, and James Mange.

Title: THE LINE 1994
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Zulu, and Afrikaans with English subtitles.
Run Time: 51 Min.
Description: A story of two young ANC comrades and lovers, set in the days of ANC/Inkatha clashes before South Africa’s first free elections. Their families and multi-cultural neighbors in a Johannesburg apartment building are all involved in the struggles of that place and time.

Title: WHO'S TO BLAME 1993
Format: VHS (PAL)
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Run Time: 22 Min.
Description: A high school girl rebels against her strict but loving mother, becomes sexually active with her boyfriend and becomes pregnant. In facing her situation, she tries to decide who’s to blame for it -- her mother, her school friend, her boyfriend

Title: ORDINARY PEOPLE: SEBUKENG BY NIGHT 1993
Format: VHS (two episodes avaiable)
Language: English, Afrikaans, and other languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 26 Min.
Description: Zone 12 in Sebokeng, a township outside Johannesburg and the scene of many arbitrary nighttime killings has the tense atmosphere of a war zone. Here an African National Congress affiliated "Self Defense Unit" keeps vigil while a South African Police "Internal Stability Unit" patrols and a housewife describes the measures residents must take to avoid violence.

Title: SONGOLOLO: VOICES OF CHANGE/ 1993
Format: VHS
Language: Dialogue in English and native languages; subtitles in English.
Run Time: 53 Min.
Description: Presents Black South African anti-apartheid culture. By means of poetry, music, politics and social life Blacks express their feelings against apartheid. Includes interviews with Black South African intellectuals.

Title: PHAMBILI: WORKING WOMEN OF SOUTH AFRICA 1993
Format: VHS
Language:
Run Time: 27 Min.
Description: Examines the role of black women in the South African economy and the diffucult, slowly changing conditions they meet with.

Title: HAVE YOU SEEN DRUM RECENTLY 1993
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 77 Min.
Description: Social documentary of South African life in the fifties and the impact of apartheid on the lives of black Africans. Rare footage from Drum Magazine archives, including Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Chief Luthuli and Miriam Makeba, brings to life the music, dance and shebeen philosophy of that period.

Title: THERE'S A ZULU ON MY STOOP 1993
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 93 Min.
Description: Way back in the old South Africa -- 1967 -- a white boy and a black boy were the best of friends. Rhino and Zulu did everything together, until an American girl called Rowena came between them. Zulu headed for the US, and Rhino stayed on the family game farm. Fast foward 25 years, and Zulu is back, complete with a prison record and an American accent. The two erstwhile friends bump into each other when Rhino and his adopted black daughter, Tienkie, mistake him for a poacher.

Title: A SAVAGE WAR OF PEACE 1993
Format: VHS (PAL)
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Run Time: 33 Min.
Description: Looks at the escalating violence that followed the launch of the Inkatha Freedom Party in South Africa in the early 1990’s. It identifies forces and interests at work and presents the views of residents and hostel-dwellers.

Title: THE COLOUR OF GOLD 1992
Format: VHS
Language: In Sotho with English subtitles; narration in English.
Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Focuses on the living conditions of men who work in the gold mines in Lesotho, South Africa. Four men discuss the danger of their jobs, money, AIDS, and the difficulties in having families.

Title: SIZWE BONZI IS DEAD 1992
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: Discusses stylization, avant-gardism, black theatre, and realism using Athol Fugard’s play Sizwe Bansi is Dead.

Title: SARAFINA!
Format: VHS
Language: Songs in English and Zulu
Run Time: 98 Min.
Description: In a world where truth is forbidden, an inspiring teacher dares to instill in her black South African students lessons not found in schoolbooks. In doing so, she challenges their freedom and hers.

Title: NDEBELE: WOMEN AND ART 1992
Format: VHS
Language: In English or Ndebele with English subtitles.
Run Time: 24 Min.
Description: A documentary showing the work of a number of Ndebele women artists who are famous for their skills at decorating houses. The social and cultural importance of their art is discussed by Maya Angelou.

Title: CHILDREN OF APARTHIED 1997
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 50 Min.
Description: Brian Ellis interviews children, teenagers and young adults (including Roseanne Botha, daughter of South Africa’s President) in South Africa about their views on what their lives are like, the apartheid system, and what they expect of the future.

Title: THE CRY OF REASON 1987
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 57 Min.
Description: Chronicles the spiritual and political journey of the Rev. C. F. Beyers Naudé from trusted member of the Afrikaaner elite to leader in the fight against apartheid.

Title: COME BACK AFRICA 1987
Format: VHS
Language: In English, and other African languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 83 Min.
Description: Documentary-style film which tells the story of Zacariah, an African who, after being forced off his land by the government, must then go to work in the gold mines.

Title: PLACE OF WEEPING 1987
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 88 Min.
Description: A young woman struggles for justice and against anger and hatred when her brother is killed by their boss, a white landowner.

Title: GIRLS APART 1987
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 38 Min.
Description: Sylvia, a 16-year-old girl from the black township of Soweto, and Sisca, who lives about 15 miles away in an exclusive white suburb, have not met; each tells her own views on life in South Africa today and her vision of it for the future.

Title: CHRONICLES OF SOUTH AFRICA 1987
Format: VHS
Language: In English, Afrikaans, and other local languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 105 Min.
Description: Multiracial film workshop that includes films that view apartheid through the everyday life of blacks and whites. Some of the topics include election campaigning in a small mining town, a meeting of an extreme right wing Afrikaner resistance movement, and elderly people in Soweto collecting their pensions.

Title: THE AFRICAS: PROGRAM 9 1986
Format: VHS
Language: Closed caption
Run Time: 60 Min.
Description: Africa’s role in international politics and economics, from U.N. participation to cobalt production and the political crisis in South Africa, is the focus of this concluding episode. Other issues include the International Monetary Fund, food aid, and tourism.

Title: WITNESS TO APARTHEID 1986
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 56 Min.
Description: Documentary about the victims of police terrorism in South Africa. In interviews both children and adults talk about their suffering during the current unrest.

Title: SPEAR OF THE NATION / 1986
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 55Min.
Description: Documentary featuring interviews with leaders and veterans of the ANC as they discuss the history of the organization; the formation of its military wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe (Spear of the Nation); and their political stategy and military tactics.

Title: MANDELA 1986
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 58 Min.
Description: The story of Nelson Mandela, the leader of black South Africa and his wife Winnie, who has carried on their fight for freedom and human dignity since Nelson’s prisonment more than twenty years ago.

Title: CITY LOVERS: COUNTRY LOVERS 1984
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 121 Min.
Description: In City lovers, a middle-aged white geologist and a younger, light-skinned Black cashier develop an intimate relationship. In Country lovers, a young white boy and Black girl grow up together and become lovers. In both stories, the lovers are made to suffer the legal consequences of their violation of the Immorality Act, the South African law which forbids sexual and social relationships between the races.

Title: GANDHI 1983
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 188 Min. (two videos)
Description: This film follows Gandhi’s life from young lawyer through his historic struggle to free India from colonial rule.

Title: SOUTH AFRICA BELONGS TO US 1980
Format: VHS
Language: Narration in English; interviews in English or in other languages with English subtitles.
Run Time: 35 Min.
Description: Interviews with five women living under apartheid in various locations throughout South Africa: in an "ethnic reserve" in the barren interior; in a women’s barrack in Alexandra; in a black ghetto in Soweto; in a domestic position for a white family in Johannesburg and in the Crossroads shanty-town near Capetown. Includes also brief interviews with Winnie Mandela and other women involved in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.

Title: GENERATIONS OF RESISTENCE 1979
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 52 Min.
Description: Uses archival photographs, newsreel footage, and interviews to chronicle the quest by Black South Africans for economic viability and individual freedom.

Title: BANTU STEVE BIKO 199- (?)
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 53 Min.
Description: A documentary bringing together "an array of personalities to bear witness to the dynamics of Steve [Biko] - the father, the thinker, the writer, the community worked and the politician. It focuses on the man behind the figure, through the eyes of people whose lives he touched"--Container.

Title: ISITWANLANDWE 1980
Format: VHS
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Run Time: 51 Min.
Description: Historical documentary tells the story of the adoption of the South African Charter (6/26/55). Includes documentary footage and photos of the Congress and a depiction of the government’s response. Contemporary interviews with leaders of the African National Congress and other organizations speak to the relevance and importance of the Freedom Charter today.

Title: ZANDILE 199-(?)
Format: VHS
Language: In English or local language with English subtitles.
Run Time: 51 Min.
Description: Profile of Zandile Gumede who lives in Amaoti on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. In the aftermath of the abolition of apartheid, she draws strength from the ancestral belief of Ubuntu to help make a difference for herself and other women to fight against ignorance, violence, machismo and oppressive customs.