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Have You Heard from Johannesburg

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Director Connie Field and anti-apartheid activist Adwoa Dunn-Mouton discuss “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” Field's seven-film documentary on the worldwide movement to abolish South Africa’s racist system of Apartheid. “Have You Heard from Johannesburg” is playing at Film Forum April 14-27. More information, schedule, and tickets here.

Guests:

Adwoa Dunn-Mouton and Connie Field

Comments [12]

Hayley from Brooklyn

I agree that American media and many Americana give present-day South Africa a free pass.

It is much easier to look at the anti-apartheid fight than the new struggle of today (HIV/Aids, crime, corruption, violence against women...etc.).

The South African government does not want to deal with the problems of their society. They are only interested in getting what is theirs (land, money, fancy cars, ...)

Only when the rest of the world puts pressure on SA will change occur. Many SOuth Africans who are members of opposition parties to the ANC are trying to change things for the better.

And leave Israel out of it...

Apr. 15 2010 01:30 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC

"...corruption can be stopped in seconds"

WHAT are you smoking? Obviously some good stuff...

Apr. 15 2010 01:09 PM
john from office

RAMZ, I am not white! Just honest about what I see. Look at the followup segment on rape in congo, africa is a mess.

Apr. 15 2010 12:49 PM
Marc from Westchester

I was hoping you'd play Gil-Scott Heron's "Johannesburg" during today's segment. You did not disappoint. I could think of no better song for the segment.

Apr. 15 2010 12:42 PM
Ramz from Brooklyn

John, you should take Carter's call. I know you may feel that he's a traitor to the white race or that he's mean to poor little Israel, but the man is devout and sincere and he speaks the truth on many difficult issues.

Apr. 15 2010 12:39 PM
john from office

Her explanation of the failures is laughable. Corruption can be stopped in seconds, when people believe in what they are doing.

Unfortunatley, South Africa will end up another African mess. And the whites will leave. Bishop Tutu is an American media invention, reveling in his celebrity

Apr. 15 2010 12:39 PM
DarkSymbolist from NYC

Ah yes, more Reagan buffoonery

Amazing that some people build him up as a hero

Apr. 15 2010 12:31 PM
john from office

RAMZ, Jimmy Carter is calling

Apr. 15 2010 12:29 PM
Ramz from Brooklyn

Not only did the U.S. government shamefully support the apartheid South African government, but so did the Israeli government. I guess the Israelis really saw the racist whites and Afrikaners to be kindred sprirts. But of course Lenny's too much of a Israel apologist to go there.

Apr. 15 2010 12:28 PM
Kellie Quarton from Beverly MA

This is a question off of what Ms. Field just said, what are the five UN nations that have veto power? Do they still have this power?

Apr. 15 2010 12:27 PM
john from office

All that has changed is the color of the oppressor.

The coruption is equal to that of other african countries, and the slums remain, along with the need for rape gates.

Can you really say that the blacks are better off now, look at Zimbagwi, are they better off, or are they starving and fleeing their country.

Apr. 15 2010 12:18 PM
john from office

Len, I hope you will deal with the failures of the ANC, not just the past. Such as the rise in crime and the failure to manage the society. I believe South Africa will end up like other former white ruled countries, a failure, broke and mismanaged.

A film does not lead to good government.

Apr. 15 2010 12:07 PM

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