Although I was unable to attend the first part of the movie series, I look forward to tonight’s film. Here’s the trailer:
Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Hell of a Job covers the years 1960-1977 of South Africa’s history. I think this portion of South Africa’s history is possibly one of the least understood by many people, especially due to all the that was occurring in America at that time. For America, the 1960s and 70s were a time of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement; concerns were not of South Africa. As a result, most world history, particularly that of South Africa, is overshaddowed.
This being said, I think this time period will be one of the most interesting to learn about, because of its contrast to more recent history. Leading up to and after the end of apartheid, the leaders of South Africa, including Nelson Mandela, were careful to avoid violence and accept the ideas and opinions of all colors of people. However, this more calm mindset did not come about until after years of deaths, executions, and imprisonments of the ANC’s leaders. This film discusses the ANC in its youth, and I am curious to see what decisions, good and bad, were made by the young revolutionaries.