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Comrade Goldberg / Mining for Change (120 min)
Denman Cinemas
Vancouver, BC
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Comrade Goldberg / Mining for Change (120 min)
Sunday April 22nd 10:00 am
Comrade Goldberg
Documentary - 2010
Run Time 55 minutes
Director: Peter Heller
Language: English and German with English Subtitles

North American Premiere

This film is a personal and political history of the white man who became an MK commander, bomb-maker and saboteur and spent 22 years in Pretoria Central as a consequence. Told in his own words, in interviews with family and old comrades, and including rarely-seen amateur footage of the first halting steps of the armed struggle, Comrade Goldberg offers an unusual perspective on S. Africa's recent past. Goldberg's story, unique though it is, is a testament to the sacrifices made by a handful of white revolutionaries and their role in keeping the ideal of a non-racial society alive. On the Rivonia Trial roll of honour, after Mandela, Sisulu, Mbeki, Motsoaledi and Kathrada, comes Goldberg. While the rest of those facing the death sentence in 1963 for taking up arms against the apartheid state have become household, if not street names, Denis Goldberg is only dimly remembered.
Rating "PG" Theme of Violence

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Mining for Change
Documentary History - 2010
Run Time 72 minutes
Language: English

Canadian Premiere

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.
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Rating "PG"  Theme of Discrimination


Denman Cinemas (View)
1779 Comox Street
Vancouver, BC V6G 1P5


Film > Festivals

Kid Friendly: Yes!


Owner: Vancouver South African Film Festival
On BPT Since: Jan 27, 2012
Glen Phillips

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