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Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony (2002)

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Interviews, archival footage, and filmed performances highlight the role of music in the South African struggle against apartheid.


Lee Hirsch


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


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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


Official Sites:

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South Africa | USA


English | Zulu

Release Date:

6 November 2003 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Amandla! See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,181, 23 February 2003, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$398,981, 4 May 2003
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everyone should see this
17 July 2005 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Sometimes, we seem to forget that apartheid was only eliminated in 1994. "Amandla! A Revolution In Four Part Harmony" tells of how the black South Africans used music to help them overcome the Draconian oppression installed by the white population. Naturally, we get to hear from Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, and Miriam Makeba, but also from ordinary people, and how they individually used music. One of the most chilling scenes was the footage of Hendrik Verwoerd, who was prime minister of South Africa from 1958 until his assassination in 1966. He said in the interview something to the effect of: "People have misunderstood apartheid. It's really a policy of good-neighborliness." As you might imagine, the black population had plenty to say (and sing) about him.

I actually used this documentary as one of the sources in a paper that I wrote for an assignment in German class in Lewis & Clark College in spring, 2004. I had watched the documentary in a class called Introduction to World Music. In the German class, we were talking about various aspects of the Third Reich. I explained in the paper that apartheid's policies were basically the same as the Third Reich. I made double sure to cite the interview with Hendrik Verwoerd to show just how vile these people were.

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