Sunday, June 2nd 7pm
Double Exposure: Uprize!
Sifiso Khanile, 57 minutes, South Africa, 2017
In this documentary, Khanile speaks to artists, writers, musicians, teachers and some of the former student leaders who survived the Soweto uprising of June 16, 1976. On this day in history, school children gathered peacefully to protest the language of Afrikaans, the language of the oppressor, as the required form of instruction in the public schools. By nightfall, over 200 of these children lay dead, mowed down by Apartheid armed forces. Forty years later, this film looks at the world that made these kids, and how in the absence of political leadership, they stood up to the might of an oppressive state. This film is especially relevant forty years later as university students once again take to the streets to fight the post-apartheid government on the issue of free quality education.
I Want to See for Myself
Work in Progress, 9 minutes, South Africa, 2018
As the first African American tennis player to win Wimbledon, The US Open and The Austrailian open, Arthur Ashe was also a human rights activists and vehement opponent of South African Apartheid segregation in the 1970’s. This Work-in-Progress documentary offers a brief look at Arthur Ashe’s tough, yet graceful fight against apartheid, and the legacy he left by building the Arthur Ashe Tennis Centre in Soweto.
Presented by Creatively Speaking as part of Double Exposure: Take Two