WITH this year marking 20 years of freedom and democracy in
We have seen it in a number of stage productions that ran at the
These include productions like
A spread of documentaries, |from
Tonight was able to preview two such doccies which, in hindsight, turned out to be a good example |of how varied this special focus programme is.
Here's a glance at the two productions, which are worth catching.
lFATHERLAND: directed by
The boys' families send them |off to the camp partly to experience what their father's experienced during the years of conscription |and partly for "discipline and defence" training. It's not long into the training before the true motive for the camp is revealed, when |the camp leaders begin to try to "desensitise" the boys from the "rainbow nation propaganda"|they are "fed" in school and on tv.
As the boys work through their training, viewers journey with |them as they navigate what they are taught against the backdrop of their lives at home: some more entrenched in an anti-black sentiment, others more liberal in their thinking and wanting to hold on more to the heritage part of this training than the hate, and some really torn apart by life and finding comfort in the one thing they know - their heritage.
I must admit that this docu-|mentary has left me scatterbrained in terms of where I stand on such issues.
I partly sat in disbelief as I watched a group of teenagers, |in this day and age, being fed hate through what is essentially a |"black threat" sentiment.
On the other hand, during the one-on-one's with these boys - |when their sincerest thoughts and understanding of the world they live in, and their fears surface - you get a deeper insight into the underlying factors in people's lives that either push them in one direction or another.
And at the same time, as warped as this may be, these boys and their families are entitled to protect |their heritage in the context of the freedoms we have in this country like that of choice, belief and association.
One thing I am certain of is that I am grateful for documentaries like these that not only open our eyes to the different communities that make up
Fatherland is a holistic exper-|ience of a particular community of Afrikaners in
lSOFT VENGEANCE: ALBIE SACHS AND THE NEW
From his youth as a 17-year-old with a strong, natural desire to |fight for the freedom of black South Africans, the viewer journeys |with Sachs through to his days |as a freedom fighter, his life in exile and his attack while in exile, to his contributions to the foundations |of what we today enjoy in the Constitution and Bill of Rights |and to his continued pursuit of freedom, equality and reconcili-|ation post-apartheid.
A highly insightful documentary, not only on the man himself, but |also on
And that's where we'll leave it, |as Tonight's
lFatherland screens tomorrow at the
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