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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 ... 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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital


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AMANDLA! is a must see piece of film making.
6 August 2003 | by juan_dollapotzSee all my reviews

An excellent blend of archival footage/music and interviews to impart a powerful message and involving film. Lee Hirsch and his team have done an amazing job in cataloging the music and passion of the freedom movement in South Africa during apartheid. Whether one is a fan of music, a documentary enthusiast, has an interest in the anti-apartheid movement or in post colonial Africa, AMANDLA! is a must see piece of film making.

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