Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
South Africa/USA, 2002. ATO Pictures, Kwela Productions Lts.. Screenplay by Lee Hirsch. Cinematography by Brand Jordaan, Ivan Leathers, Clive Sacke, Clive Sackie. Produced by Johnathan Dorfman, Temple Fennell, Lee Hirsch, Sherry Simpson. Film Editing by Johanna Demetrakas.
Inspiring documentary charts the revolution in South Africa when white supremacy was overthrown by a solidarity movement set to music. Revolutionaries as well as police officers from the years of apartheid are interviewed about the years when activists took to the streets and sang their way to freedom, fighting decades-long oppression and winning their right to vote, live free and counteract the terrors that had been inflicted on citizens of the country for so long. The role of music in the events is key to getting to know the culture as well as the history, allowing for an experience that pleases your ear while breaking your heart. Very powerful stuff, to be watched with the fantastic documentary Long Night’s Journey Into Day.