Songololo: Voices of Change

Songololo: Voices of Change

Release date:

1990

Running time:

54 minutes

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Available on DVD

Closed Captioned:

No

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This ground-breaking documentary from Vancouver filmmaker Marianne Kaplan offers an exciting glimpse of the process of change presently taking place in South Africa. Instead of detailing the horrors of apartheid, Songololo portrays the emergent post-apartheid culture, born of the collective past and aspirations of black South Africa. This vision is articulated through the work and words of two well-known black artists. Gcina Mhlophe is a feminist writer and storyteller; Mzwakhe Mbuli is a musician and contemporary praise poet. Featuring dynamic footage from live performances, Songololo shows the powerful role Black South African popular culture plays in the people's survival and their ability to affirm their lives and their own power amid suffering and repression.

Award(s): Golden Gate Award (Best Arts Documentary), San Francisco Film Festival; Kathleen Shannon Award, Yorkton Film Festival; Certificate of Merit, Chicago Film Festival; Golden Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival; "Student of Valais" Award, Switzerland

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