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Social Change, South African History

Remembering The Dream…Part II: The Breaking of Apartheid

One of the most profound personifications of “THE DREAM” was the breaking of the stronghold of hate and injustice that gripped South Africa. Have you Heard From Johannesburg, is an outstanding documentary that seeks to give a VOICE to the many that fought for the BREAKING OF APARTHEID...

“Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories, produced and directed by Connie Field, chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.”[1]

“Almost fifty years ago, South Africans began to realize that their freedom struggle had to be built in four arenas of action: mass action, underground organization, armed struggle, and international mobilization. These documentaries take viewers inside that last arena, the movement to mobilize worldwide citizen action to isolate the apartheid regime. Inspired by the courage and suffering of South Africa’s people as they fought back against the violence and oppression of racism, foreign solidarity groups, in cooperation with exiled South Africans, took up the anti-apartheid cause. Working against heavy odds, in a climate of apathy or even support for the governments of Verwoerd, Vorster and P.W. Botha, campaigners challenged their governments and powerful corporations in the West to face up to the immorality of their collaboration with apartheid.”[2]

“This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. The struggle came to many surprising venues: it was waged in sports arenas and cathedrals, in embassies and corporate boardrooms, at fruit stands and beaches, at rock concerts and gas stations. Thousands died, but in the end, nonviolent pressures played a major part in the collapse of apartheid and thus in the stunning victory of democracy in South Africa.”[3]

“The combined stories have a scope that is epic in both space and time, spanning most of the globe over half a century. Beginning with the very first session of the United Nations, and ending in 1990 – when, after 27 years in prison, Nelson Mandela, the best known leader of the African National Congress (ANC) toured the world, a free man.”[4]

THIS SERIES IS NOW PLAYING ON INDEPENDENT LENS!!

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Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Producer/Director: Connie Field

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[1]Have you Heard from Johannesburg, http://www.clarityfilms.org/haveyouheardfromjohannesburg/ (accessed January 18, 2012).  [2] Ibid. [3] Ibid.[4] Ibid.
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