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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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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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6 November 2003 (Australia) See more »
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Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 

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 
 
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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)
 
Thanks
Mandy Jacobson .... thanks
Vuyisile Mini .... dedicatee
Welcome Msumi .... special thanks
Walter Santucci .... thanks
 

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Rated PG-13 for some images of violence, and for momentary language
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108 min
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Australia:PG | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:12A | USA:PG-13
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
An inspiring look at music as a catalyst for change, 28 April 2003
Author: Swangirl from United States

"Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony" is a documentary that is riveting and educational, uplifting and heartbreaking. The contrasts are all laid bare in this project, making it a worthwhile film to watch.

The focal point of the documentary is the role music played in the lives of South Africans as they endured and overcame the Apartheid movement. Director Leon Hirsch interviews a number of singers, composers, DJs and freedom fighters, young and old. He follows the history of Apartheid by tracing the music that came out of the struggle and what happened to those who created it.

I think what grabbed me was how much of a role music plays in great periods of change. It was also a driving force of African-Americans in the U.S. who were fighting segregation during the 60s. The spirituals that buoyed them share a similar history to those songs sung in South Africa.

The music chosen was a wonderful collection I want to hear again. I also enjoyed seeing the laughter of many of the singers as they looked at old photographs, remembering younger days.

I also liked that Hirsch interviewed a white freedom fighter who was sent to Pretoria prison for several years. His interviews with the white Afrikkaners who formerly worked as riot police and jailers are chilling but necessary.

My hope is that more Americans will see this film so they fully realize the scope of Apartheid in South Africa and what a triumph it was to see it overturned. Was it really 1994 when black South Africans were finally allowed to vote? It breaks my heart.

As a teenager in the 80s, I knew hardly anything about Apartheid. This film did a good job in changing that.

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