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
I rented this film a few days ago, its not something I was looking forward to watching, as its a documentary, a genre I don't generally enjoy watching, but after I had actually tried to make an effort to learn about my countries history, I cant say I regretted it. Amandla! takes you through the lives of several people, black and white, and their different views of Apartheid, an Afrikaaner Separatist movement which started in 1948, and only ended in 1994. this film shows us the mistake humanity has made, and what it has done to those involved. The picture is considerably less than perfect, but as it is a documentary, such a fault can easily be overlooked, and often the interviewees are hard to understand and I must admit, it is not in the same league as some other South African films like "Yesterday" and the Oscar winning "Tsotsi", but nevertheless, it is still something one should watch if you've seen the other two.The interviews, however difficult to here, make their subject's opinions very clear, some of which are actually rather alarming. Yet, I feel obligated by a patriotic spirit buried deeply in my brain, so I will give this film 6/10
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