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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
11 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »





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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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital


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A Good Docy, But There Are Better
7 April 2006 | by gemmarebeccafieldSee all my reviews

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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