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Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Documentary, History, Music  |  6 November 2003 (Australia)
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Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.



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Credited cast:
Himself (voice)
F.W. de Klerk ...
Himself (archive footage)
Abdullah Ibrahim ...
Himself (archive footage)
Duma Ka Ndlovu ...
Ronnie Kasrils ...
Sibongile Khumalo ...
Vusi Mahlasela ...
Himself (archive footage)
Winnie Mandela ...
Herself (archive footage)
Hugh Masekela ...
Sophie Mgcina ...
Thandi Modise ...
Sifiso Ntuli ...


Through a chronological history of the South African liberation struggle, this documentary cites examples of the way that music was used in the fight for freedom. Songs united those who were being oppressed and gave those fighting a way to express their plight. The music consoled those incarcerated, and created an effective underground form of communication inside the prisons. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Rated PG-13 for some images of violence, and for momentary language | See all certifications »


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Exceptional Use of Song and how it Reflected The Struggle in South Africa
1 February 2003 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amandla! is one of the first documentaries about the fight against apartheid in South Africa. More importantly, it tells the story in a way that is inspirational, funny, factual and humanizes the struggle.

The film was the most decorated film at Sundance 2002, where it won the Audience Award for Documentaries and the Freedom of Expression Award.

I have seen it many times. Each time I try to hide the tears that well up in my eyes and control the pride I feel for knowing the people of South Africa. It is difficult to capture the warmth and dignity of the African people in the face of poverty and oppression but Amandla! succeeds.

Don't let your preconceptions of Africa last a day longer - go see this film and see the world is a little larger than you thought.

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