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Teachers College, Columbia University
New York, NY
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Celebrating 100 Years of ANC
2012 marks 100 years of selfless struggle of the African National Congress.  The ANC-US Interim Branch, The African Diaspora Film Festival -  a 20 year old not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the traditional views and perceptions of what the Black experience is by showcasing independent, foreign , feature and documentary films depicting the richness and diversity of the human experience of people of color all over the world - and the New York based Pacifica radio station WBAI, have partnered to celebrate this important anniversary and reflect on the achievements and lessons learned from 100 years of struggle for freedom and human rights by the ANC.

On  March 17 and March 18, the Celebrating 100 years of ANC Film Series and Panel Discussion event will be held at Teachers College, Columbia University, 525 West 120th Street.  

CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF ANC FILM SERIES
AND PANEL DISCUSSION
Teachers College, COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY
525 West 120th Street
www.NYADIFF.org  -  Tel: 212-864-1760

Saturday, March 17
Room: The Chapel, Price: Free

5PM  NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH  by John Kani (78mins)

Nothing But The Truth is a gripping investigation into the complex dynamic between those blacks who remained in South Africa and risked their lives to lead the struggle against apartheid and those who returned victoriously after living in exile. In New Brighton, South Africa, 63-year-old librarian Sipho Makhaya prepares for the return of the ashes of his brother Themba, recently deceased while in exile in London after gaining a reputation as a hero of the anti-apartheid movement. Internationally recognized, multiple award-winning actor John Kani is the lead actor in this film version of the internationally acclaimed award-winning play Nothing But The Truth which he also authored.

6:30PM  PANEL DISCUSSION

GODFREY SITHOLE, member of the African National Congress and veteran of the 1980s movement to divest from South Africa;
TSELISO THIPANYANE, human rights activist and former Chief Executive of the South African Human Rights Commission;
TSELANE TAMBO, Actor, public speaker, writer, image consultant and daughter of the ANC's late president, Oliver Tambo;
Other speakers TBA.
Moderated by ROBERT KNIGHT, WBAI radio producer, Host The Five O'clock Shadow Show, Winner of the George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism


SUNDAY, MARCH 18
Room: 263 Macy
Price: $11 adults, $9 for students and seniors per show. Day pass: $20

2PM  MINING FOR CHANGE, A STORY OF SOUTH AFRICAN MINING
(NY Premiere) by Eric Miyeni, Navan Chetty (72mins)
From the optimism of the 1955 Kliptown Freedom Charter to Mandela's astonishing statement in 1992 that he had been unable to 'persuade' the G7 at Davos to 'allow' South Africa to nationalise its mines, Mining For Change tracks the intriguing history of the country's most important industry. The failures of the Mining Charter and new calls for nationalisation are debated by scores of heavyweights, from Oppenheimer and Malema to Ramaphosa and Mandela, who reveal back room discussions on the global pressure that forced the nationalisation u-turn. New voices in the mining industry, as well as labour and rights groups uncover the wealth, systems and interests that have kept the industry as untouchable as it is. The film steers a considered path between social and business aspects, measuring debate about the need to transform against the need to stay globally competitive. Compelling cinema and essential viewing for anyone interested in the real future of South Africa.

4PM BEHIND THE RAINBOW by Jihan El-Tahri  (138mins)
Will power consume the dream?
Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally labored to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

Behind the Rainbow features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki and Terror Lekota.

Discussion with film director after the screening

7PM HOMECOMING by Norman Maake (90mins)
Charlie, Thabo and Peter, three "MK" veterans from the armed branch of the African National Congress, return to post-apartheid South Africa in 1996 after years of exile. It will not be easy for them to find their place in society again. Charlie dreams of opening a club, Thabo has to patch up his relationship with his wife and son and Peter continues to work in the Party and investigate the traitors of the ANC. Continuously hampered as he delves into the Government's files, his ensuing investigations provide shocking revelations of the identities of the traitors. Pared down from a successful mini series for the South African Broadcasting Corporation, Homecoming draws its plot from the real life experiences of acclaimed filmmaker and writer, Zola Maseko, a former "MK" soldier of the ANC. Morman Maake (26) is perhaps the most promising young director from South Africa. He studied at ADFA, a dynamic young film- and drama school in Johannesburg. He has several films to his name, amongst which Sweet Home (1999), Soldiers of Rock (2003), and Homecoming (2005).

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Teachers College, Columbia University (View)
525 West 120th Street
New York, NY 10025
United States


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Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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