Artists' Television Access

[email protected]: Last Grave at Dimbaza

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 6:30 pm, Free

Screening at San Francisco Public Library, Noe Valley Branch, 451 jersey street.

In February 1990 Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison after twenty-seven years. We honor the thirtieth anniversary of that event by looking at a remarkable film made in the midst of an apartheid regime in which a minority of whites systematically oppressed and controlled all aspects of life for the Black majority.
Secretly recorded in South Africa by a multi-national team of filmmakers led by Pan-Africanist Congress member and producer Nana Mahomo, this hard-hitting documentary was one of the first films to show the rest of the world just how unequally blacks and whites were treated under  apartheid, and how international corporations and governments were complicit in that system. Statistics were backed up with images of contrasting living conditions for various populations of the country, with particular focus on one especially impoverished township called Dimbaza. In November of year it was released, the United Nations suspended South Africa’s full role in that body over the objections of the United States and the United Kingdom. Dir: Chris Curling & Pascoe Macfarlane, 1974, color, 55 minutes

Artists’ Television Access  (ATA) teams up with SFPL to mine the treasures in the Library’s 16mm film archive. That’s real film, not video!
This screening is part of the Library’s More Than a Month programming.


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