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Amandla! A revolution in four part harmony - Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela, FW de Klerk, Lee Hirsch

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Winner of the Audience Award and the Jury's Freedom of Expression prize at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival, Amandla! A revolution in four part harmony is a soul-stirring documentary that uses exclusive interviews and rare, never-before-seen footage to document the vital role that music played in the nearly half-century struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Nine years in the making, this inspirational film is a testimony to the power of song and its ability to fuel the fight for freedom.

Amandla! - which means "power" in the Xhosa language - is filled with songs that were so dynamic and persuasive that they became anthems for the freedom movement, and as a result, were banned by the government, and the artists responsible exiled. A number of these performers, including Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, are interviewed as well as other freedom fighters who provide powerful accounts of the years of hard-fought struggle.

Persons of interest

  • Walter Cronkite .... Himself
  • FW de Klerk .... Himself
  • Abdullah Ibrahim .... Himself
  • Jesse Jackson .... Himself
  • Duma Ka Ndlovu .... Himself
  • Ronnie Kasrils .... Himself
  • Sibongile Khumalo .... Herself
  • Vusi Mahlasela .... Himself
  • Miriam Makeba .... Herself
  • Nelson Mandela .... Himself
  • Winnie Mandela .... Herself
  • Hugh Masekela .... Himself
  • Thandi Modise .... Herself
  • Sifiso Ntuli .... Himself
  • Sibusiso Nxumalo .... Himself
  • Hendrik Frensch Verwoerd .... Himself
  • Lindiwe Zulu .... Herself
  • Lee Hirsch .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Amandla! A revolution in four part harmony official movie site
  • Amandla! A revolution in four part harmony QuickTime movie trailers
  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Encounters South African International Documentary Festival 2002: Won: Audience Award Best South African Film (Lee Hirsch)
    • Heartland Film Festival 2002: Won: Heartland Award of Excellence (Lee Hirsch)
    • St Louis International Film Festival 2002: Won: Best Documentary Award (Lee Hirsch)
    • Sundance Film Festival 2002: Won: Audience Award Documentary (Lee Hirsch), Freedom of Expression Award (Lee Hirsch); Nomination: Grand Jury Prize Documentary (Lee Hirsch)
    • Sydney Film Festival 2003: Won: FIPRESCI Award (Lee Hirsch)
    • Telluride Mountain Film Festival 2003: Won: Best of Festival (Lee Hirsch)
  • NB: English and Zulu languages with English language subtitles
  • Studios and distributors:
    • Niche

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Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

PG (Adult themes, low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

108 minutes (1:48 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 6 November 2003

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