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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 ... Self (voice)
F.W. de Klerk ... Self (archive footage)
Abdullah Ibrahim Abdullah Ibrahim ... Self
Jesse Jackson ... Self (archive footage)
Duma Ka Ndlovu Duma Ka Ndlovu ... Self
Ronnie Kasrils Ronnie Kasrils ... Self
Sibongile Khumalo Sibongile Khumalo ... Self
Vusi Mahlasela Vusi Mahlasela ... Self
Miriam Makeba ... Self
Nelson Mandela ... Self (archive footage)
Winnie Mandela ... Self (archive footage)
Hugh Masekela ... Self
Sophie Mgcina Sophie Mgcina ... Self
Thandi Modise Thandi Modise ... Self
Sifiso Ntuli Sifiso Ntuli ... Self


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

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Great music, great story of justice
14 January 2005 | by icelandreliantSee all my reviews

The remaining problems of AIDS and poverty in South Africa often overshadow the miracle that happened in the 1990's. This documentary shows you a different side of the story. Musicians of all kinds are shown, with interesting interviews and performances that are moving. I appreciated the way the filmmakers show a considerable amount of music but mix it in with personal narratives. It is fascinating to look at a time period that seems completely past but was so recent that all the involved parties are still alive. Even apartheid era police are interviewed. The musicians also range from charming older women speaking of decades ago to very popular musicians known worldwide. The film does seem to be a bit disorganized at times but it never loses your interest. Other movies about apartheid include Cry Freedom and Cry, the Beloved Country. For DMB fans, there is an interview of Dave Matthews on the DVD as he helped finance this movie.

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Release Date:

6 November 2003 (Australia) See more »

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Amandla! See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa


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Opening Weekend USA:

$14,181, 23 February 2003

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