Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Have You Heard From Johannesburg

The film, Have You Heard From Johannesburg is a five-part chronicle, airing over three weeks on the PBS television program Independent Lens. It's a brief history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime and its international supporters who considered South Africa an ally in the Cold War.

I cannot tell you how gripping and educational this film is. It's one the the best documentaries I've ever seen, and one that shows just how a group of average people banding together as one can impact change, not only on a small scale, but nationwide and worldwide. Make the time to tune into PBS: Independent Lens and learn something truly worthwhile.

Here's a clip from Episode Four: The Bottom Line, where international grassroots campaigns against Polaroid, Shell, Barclay’s, General Motors, and others doing business in South Africa economically isolate the apartheid regime and become the first successful efforts to use economic pressure to help bring down a government.

Watch The Bottom Line - A Preview on PBS. See more from Independent Lens.

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