Bridging History and Culture Through Films
Uzalo is a story about the disputes of family relations and loyalties in contrast to one’s own personal goal or desire. The Uzalo teasers are leaving TV viewers a lot to look forward to. Who would have known that South African films and TV series such Uzalo would gradually begin to achieve credit and acknowledgment both locally and internationally.
Films and media were possible after the nullification and elimination of the Apartheid, a structure of established racial and ethnic segregation and discrimination between 1948 and 1991 in South Africa.
South Africans have been regaining their missing histories and are starting to voice out their own and personal stories through filmmaking. The government has emphasized the significance of film in lifting and enriching the heritage, customs, and traditions of the country by telling its own stories. South African motion pictures represent some of the ups and downs that South African face on a daily basis. Here are some of it:
1959 – Come Back, Africa
Martin Scorsese defined it as “a heroic film of terrible beauty.” The movie had a powerful influence on African motion pictures because of its stirring worth on history and culture as it captures the unique culture, heritage, and tradition of the South African community in the 1950s.
2004 – In My Country
The film portrays two people who were sent to South Africa to account on hearings or trials on the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The move deemed so truthfully to real events that Nelson Mandela was given a special preview of the film.
2009 – Invictus
Directed by Clint Eastwood, the movie describes the happenings in South Africa prior and in the course of the 1995 Rugby World Cup that unified the country after the collapse of apartheid.
2013 – Long Walk To Freedom
It is a movie based on the autobiography of South African President Nelson Mandela. It summarizes his early life, his education, and his 27 years imprisonment. Mandela attained global respect, acknowledgment, and appreciation for his governance as president in reconstructing and transforming the country and the societies that were once under apartheid.