The Truth and Reconciliation Committee Series

The Truth and Reconciliation Committee Series from the ashes: A story of Umgababa, a village situated on the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The Umgababa holiday resort and railway station was bombed during political conflict between tribal authorities, Inkatha and the UDF in the 1980’s. As the story unfolds, we discover how people managed to solve their political differences which could be a lesson for South Africa.

Tell it like it is – Getting away with Murder: Apartheid lasted so long due to what we saw and heard from SA’s media: radio, print and television. Distorting access to information was a gross violation of human rights as it contributed to create a ‘surreal’ resemblance of normality during the bad old days. We use the TRC media findings as a vehicle for exploring repression. Who was guilty, who confessed. And who paid? Who did not? We explore the relationship between economics, information and human rights. Why weren’t the Broederbond and Naspers forced to come to the TRC? The answers to What did the media know and when did they know, lie somewhere beneath the murky surface of TRC’s media unfinished business. Language: English 5 episodes x 48 minutes

Borderlines: A personal journey undertaken by Producer and co-director Khayakazi Soldati to investigate the old border gates of Transkei and the impact that the border around this so-called independent homeland during apartheid has had on people, mentally and spiritually. She journeys from East London to uMzimkulu, passing through the Kei River Crossing, Umtata – where she used to live, and ending up at the uMzimkulu border post, the buildings of which are now used as local government offices. During her journey, Khayakazi hopes to come to some kind of understanding of both the mechanics of this aspect of apartheid, but her own feelings about it.

Lest we forget – SA Jews and Reconciliation: This documentary explores how people aided and abetted the apartheid system and helped to ensure its survival through “not knowing”. We explore how people were able to block out parts of their reality in attempt to rationalize their actions and the tools they used to cope with this. We focus on South Africa’s Jewish community and draw parallels between the holocaust and apartheid and how Jews were able to shut out these obvious parallels. What was it that made them forget so quickly?

Life went on – the unremoved: This documentary is about those people for whom life just carried on, despite the apartheid-sanctioned forced removals in Cato Manor, Durban – those who managed to remain “unremoved”, those who made tactical plans to avoid forced removals, those who collaborated and those who defied. Our director Madoda Ncayyana who, himself, was forcibly removed from Cato Manor weaves together a collection of small stories; the focus not on the beneficiaries of apartheid but those who slipped through the cracks unnoticed. It moves away from telling the story of a solid unnamed mass of displaced black people, to little narratives that explore the complexities that are underlying forced removals and the historic Cato Manor.

  • Duration: 48 minutes
  • Episodes: 5
  • Language/s: English

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