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AMANDLA! A Revolution in Four-part-Harmony

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Section

Out of competition

Director

Lee Hirsch

Country

USA/South Africa

Year

2002

Production

Lee Hirsch, Sherry Simpson

Credits

Screenplay

Lee Hirsch

Photography

Clive Sacke, Ivan Leathers, Brand Jordan

Editing

Johanna Demettrakas

Music

Miriam Makeba, Vusi Mahlasela, Marianne Kaplin, Mbongeni Ngema, Abdullah Ibrahim, Hugh Masekela, Nancy Jacobs and Sisters, Zwi Bala & TKzee and more.

Cast

Language

o.v. English/Afrikaans

Subtitles

sbt. French/German

Duration

103'

Age

103'
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The film

An inspiring celebration of music as a weapon of the struggle, the film chronicles how changes in the lyrics, rhythms and melodies of liberation songs reflected the radicalisation of black resistance in response to ever-harder crackdowns by apartheid state. In the context of the defiance campaign era of the 1950s, jaunty ditties warned “Watch out Verwoerd, the black man will get you”; the Sharpeville massacre prompted a series of dirges, and the 1976 riots saw the emergence of songs full of youthful dynamism, expressing anger and disaffection. Interviews with South African music greats – Dolly Rathebe, Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Sibongile Khumalo – interspersed with disturbing footage of key events, makes for a compelling and novel retelling of this significant chapter of South Africa’s past. Nine years in the making, the film joyously honours music as one of the struggle’s most powerful weapons.

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Screenings

19 November, 18:30 Espocentro

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