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Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony -- Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.
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Walter Cronkite ... Himself (voice)
F.W. de Klerk ... Himself (archive footage)
Abdullah Ibrahim ... Himself

Jesse Jackson ... Himself (archive footage)
Duma Ka Ndlovu ... Himself
Ronnie Kasrils ... Himself
Sibongile Khumalo ... Herself
Vusi Mahlasela ... Himself

Miriam Makeba ... Herself

Nelson Mandela ... Himself (archive footage)
Winnie Mandela ... Herself (archive footage)
Hugh Masekela ... Himself
Sophie Mgcina ... Herself
Thandi Modise ... Herself
Sifiso Ntuli ... Himself
Sibusiso Nxumalo ... Himself
Dolly Rathebe ... Herself
Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd ... Himself (archive footage)
Lindiwe Zulu ... Herself

Directed by
Lee Hirsch 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lee Hirsch 

Produced by
Johnathan Dorfman .... producer: ATO Pictures
Temple Fennell .... producer: ATO Pictures
Lee Hirsch .... producer
Desireé Markgraaff .... co-producer
Sherry Simpson .... executive producer
Sherry Simpson .... producer
Cinematography by
Brand Jordaan 
Ivan Leathers 
Clive Sacke 
Clive Sackie 
Film Editing by
Johanna Demetrakas 
Sound Department
Stuart Deutsch .... sound recordist
Bob Edwards .... sound re-recording mixer
Lee Edwards .... sound recordist
Doug Ford .... engineering services
Jonathan Greber .... digital sound transferer
Noah Katz .... sound editorial technical support
Conrad Kuhne .... sound recordist
Andile Mavimbela .... sound assistant
Al Nelson .... supervising sound editor
Juan Peralta .... sound mix technician
Mark Purcell .... machine room operator
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist (as Ron Roumas)
Gary Rydstrom .... sound designer
Tony Sereno .... sound re-recording mixer
Visual Effects by
Ken Rudolph .... motion control photographer
Editorial Department
Miguel Aguilar .... editor: title sequence
Miguel Aguilar .... film editor: music segment
John Allen .... additional editor
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
Miranda Cristofani .... post-production coordinator
Michael T. Forrest .... on-line editor
Todd Iorio .... colorist
Todd Iorio .... on-line editor
Sean Mattini .... on-line editor (as Sean Afshar)
Josh Newman .... first assistant editor
Josh Newman .... on-line editor
James Renfroe .... assistant editor
Music Department
Kirk Denson .... music editor
Other crew
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Eliza Hindmarch .... publicist
Mavis Khanye .... production secretary
Sharon Simpson .... educational consultant
John Torrijos .... video services (as John 'J.T.' Torrijos)
Mandy Jacobson .... thanks
Vuyisile Mini .... dedicatee
Welcome Msumi .... special thanks
Walter Santucci .... thanks

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  • Skywalker Sound  Post Production Sound Services Provided by (as Skywalker Sound, A Division Of Lucas Digital, Ltd)

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Rated PG-13 for some images of violence, and for momentary language
108 min
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13
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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Incredibly moving film, 19 May 2003
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

For almost fifty years from 1948 to 1994, black citizens in South Africa were stripped of every basic human right while governments of the world pretended not to see. Systematically uprooted from their homes and moved into "townships", they were made to carry passbooks, arrested without provocation, tortured and randomly murdered. But while successive governments took away their freedom, they couldn't take away their songs or their desire for freedom. Today, while there are still problems, Blacks and Whites live together in a free South Africa. Amandla: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony, an incredibly moving documentary by Lee Hirsch, pays tribute to the role played by protest songs in the non-violent revolution that brought an end to apartheid nine years ago. Amandla means power, and it's the power of the songs that helped to free the people. Hirsch, a young filmmaker from New York, spent nine years in South Africa gathering newsreel footage, video clips, old photos, and interviews with musicians and political activists to show how protest songs expressed the fight against oppression.

Winner of the Audience Award and the Freedom of Expression Award at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Amandla shows fifty years of South African history beginning with Prime Minister Verwoerd's announcing his racial segregation policy in 1948 describing it as "a policy of good-neighborliness." The film also shows footage of the Sharpeville massacre and the Soweto uprising, and the triumphant election of Nelson Mandela to the Presidency in 1994. Amandla begins with the exhumation from a pauper's grave of composer Vuyisile Mini whose protest anthems led to his hanging in 1964 and ends with his proper reburial fifty years later. It moves forward to depict how the songs communicated to the people in a way that political speeches could not, showing how different phases of the struggle brought forth different types of songs. For decades, songs such as Mini's "Beware Verwoerd", Vilakazi's "Meadowlands", the "Toyi-Toyi" chant and the uplifting "Mandela" by Hugh Masekela expressed the energy and purpose of the South African people and rallied followers to their cause.

In addition to the music, there are interviews with those that describe their experience of being imprisoned or were forced into exile. There are even interviews with White riot policeman and executioners, but the power of the film belongs to the music and powerful is an understatement. It is truly moving to watch 20,000 people sing in unison a song that has only one word Senzenina asking, "What have we done?" over and over, "What have we done?" It is worth the price of admission just to hear Sophie Mgcina singing Madam Please, a song written for black domestic workers that includes the lines " Madam, please, before you ask me if your children are fine/ Ask me when I lost all mine".

Amandla builds to a joyous climax with President Nelson Mandela singing Masekela's "Bring Him Back Home" before thousands of cheering admirers. It has been only nine years since freedom came to South Africa but many have only a distant memory of the years of oppression and conflict. Similar to movies about the holocaust, Amandla underscores the power of films to help us remember. Though it could be a little shorter or perhaps a little more focused, if you see one film this year, make it Amandla: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony. At the end, you may be short of Kleenex but filled with renewed hope for the human race.

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