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Raja Edepus
A theatre production. In the summer of 2006 an adaption of Sophocles' Oedipus Rex was performed at the Bali Arts Festival in Denpasar, Indonesia. This film captures the full transformation of the classical drama into a Balinese-styled stage production.
A Sizwe Bansi Workshop
The play, Sizwe Bansi is Dead, follows the main character, Sizwe, as he writes to his wife after an unsuccessful search for a new job and better life for his family. This film places the viewer in the discussions between…
Zonk!
Following up on the success of African Jim, but with higher production values, Zonk! shows the extraordinary cultural range available to township Africans, from the many ethnic strains of music from South Africa itself to contemporary American jazz and popular…
In Darkest Hollywood
Almost from the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have looked at the continent of Africa with a mixture of fear and fascination, prejudice and contempt. South Africa, with its fabulous mineral wealth, exotic locations, and white settlers, attracted scores of movie…
South Africa: The Apartheid Years - Generations of Resistance
From the moment that white colonizers stepped onto the shore of Southern Africa, there was black resistance. This resistance continued unabated until apartheid was defeated. But the story of this resistance was suppressed and distorted because whites controlled the history…
Nelson Mandela - Prisoner to President
This is the story of the life of the pre-eminent figures of the twentieth century, Nelson Mandela, up until his release after 27 years of prison. It takes us from boyhood with roots firmly embedded in the soil of Africa,…
South Africa: The Apartheid Years - Winnie Mandela
During the more than a quarter of a century that her husband spent in jail, Winnie Mandela was persecuted by the white authorities, first to put pressure on her husband, and then because she developed as a leader in her…
De Voortrekkers (Winning a Continent)
White version of the Great Trek of the Boer people across South Africa - actually, the invasion of Zulu land. This silent film shows the villainy and treachery of the Zulus and the heroism of the whites. But in its…
America Against Itself
Student revolt Politics Americana. What happened at the Democratic convention in Chicago, 1968. The story of the events surrounding the Democratic convention in Chicago, 1968.
Song of Africa
A fantasy tale about a young Zulu who leaves his village to go to the city, falls in love with the new music he hears there, and returns home to form a Zulu jazz band. The South African production and…
The Making of Raja Edepus
A beautiful half hour film documenting the creation of Oedipus Rex at the Bali Arts Festival in July 2006 which captures the full transformation of a classical drama into a Balinese-styled stage production.
South Africa: The Apartheid Years - The White Laager
In their quest for land in Southern Africa, the Boer people fought off the African inhabitants of the land they were invading from a circle of covered wagons, a laager.Long after they had won their battles, they still considered themselves…
Anatomy of Violence- Dialectics of Liberation and the Demystification of Violence
The meeting in London of the Symposium on the Dialectics of Liberation and the Demystification of Violence, organized by R.D.Laing, with Allen Ginsberg, Paul Sweezey, Paul Goodman, Herbert Marcuse, Stokely Carmichael, Malcolm X, etc. An important record of the spectrum…
Strip
An unglamorous look at life on and backstage at a striptease club in London's Soho.
Jamaica
An overview of the island nation of Jamaica in 1964.
Bram Fischer's Story
A powerful documentary that reveals the personal journey of Bram Fischer, the white South African lawyer responsible for saving Nelson Mandela and other top ANC leaders from execution during the Rivonia Treason Trial. It is a deeply moving account of…
DH Lawrence in Taos
In the late 1920s, writer D.H.Lawrence settled in Taos, New Mexico, where he lived on a mountain ranch. This was the happiest period of his life, even though three women were fighting over him. This struggle continued even after his…
Mission to Yenan, 1944
Story of the wartime mission to the Chinese Communists in their headquarters, made in 1944 by OSS, but suppressed and never shown. Shot by OSS operatives behind enemy lines in wartime China, this story of the visit to Chinese Communist…
The Dixie Mission
What happened to the Foreign Service officers who appear in MISSION TO YENAN, and who reported favourably on co-operation with the Chinese Communists in the war against Japan, and how they were blacklisted.
African Jim
A simple story of a country lad who comes to the city to look for work, takes some knocks while adjusting to city life, but comes out on top when his singing talent is discovered. In 1949, two expatriate Britishers,…