Have You Heard from Johannesburg
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Have You Heard from Johannesburg, a Clarity Films Production, is a powerful seven-part documentary series by two-time Academy Award® Nominee Connie Field and documents the history of the global movement to end the apartheid system in South Africa in the 1980s.
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Week 1: Hell of a Job
This episode describes the responsibilities that Oliver Tambo had as the exiled leader of the African National Congress. It documents his story and struggle as he tried to hold the resistance movement together and how his faith and the involvement of the Church were key factors in ending the apartheid system. Click to Download: Bible Study, General Questions Handout, Small Group Handout
Week 2: The Bottom Line
This episode explores the economic dimensions of apartheid and the ways in which churches, students, and others created a grassroots movement that forced multi-billion dollar global corporations to divest from South Africa on moral grounds. Click to Download: Bible Study, General Questions Handout, Small Group Handout
Week 3: Fair Play
This episode explores how international sports became an important battleground in the apartheid struggle. At the center of the film is the passion and fervor of white South Africans who approached sports with near religious devotion. This sports passion became a tool for resistance organizers who used sports boycotts to get the attention of the world to end apartheid. Click to Download: Bible Study, General Questions Handout, Small Group Handout
Week 4: From Selma to Soweto
This episode focuses on how African-Americans provided key leadership that convinced the U.S. government to take a firm stance against apartheid through comprehensive sanctions, and overrode a presidential veto to get sanctions approved through Congress. Click to Download: Bible Study, General Questions Handout, Small Group Handout
How can the church’s role in ending the horrors of South African apartheid inspire your faith leaders to witness social change in today’s issues?
Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories, chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime. This was not just a political battle; it was spiritual too. Have You Heard From Johannesburg? gives special attention to the role of the global church in the collapse of apartheid creating a stunning victory of democracy in South Africa.
Call to Action
Fact: It took five decades of organized activism along secular and religious lines to end the South African apartheid regime. – Clarity Films
Have You Heard From Johannesburg can help your community:
•Invite a faith leader who was active in the South African anti-apartheid movement to speak at your congregation and discuss current justice issues that need congregational support for effective change.
•Use the witness of the global church in ending apartheid as a platform for new conversation around key justice issues needing community support in your local neighborhood.
•Create a film series with educational programming to highlight the effectiveness of the combined efforts of religious communities working with secular activists to create change.
•Learn about the system of apartheid as it was practiced in South Africa and actions taken to change it.
Watch Have You Heard From Johannesburg? and witness the role of the global church coming together with secular activists to end the human rights violations of the South African apartheid regime.
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Bookmark this Organization: Auburn recommends The Interfaith Alliance as a best practices organization to track issues of human rights, faith and freedom along religious lines.
To keep the Have You Heard From Johannesburg? conversation going, Auburn recommends:
• Purchasing this film for your community lending library:
• Create curriculum to track the seven issues and themes explored in the documentary series. Here are recommended discussion points.
• Create a film series with educational programming to highlight the effectiveness of the combined efforts of religious communities working with secular activists to create change. Auburn recommends contacting Active Voice to learn more about the important partnership between media and social change.
• Organize a youth event based on each of the seven stories to track justice issues within your community and how the experience of the church in ending apartheid is a resource for future change. For more information on these seven stories click here.
• Save the Date for summer curriculum planning! Premiering June 2010, a free 4-part Curriculum Series for your religious community to accompany Have you Heard from Johannesburg?
Synopsis and Purchase Information
Have you Heard from Johannesburg?, 2010
Have You Heard From Johannesburg is seven documentary stories, chronicling the history of the global anti-apartheid movement that took on South Africa’s entrenched apartheid regime. This was not just a political battle; it was economic, cultural, moral, and spiritual. The struggle came to many surprising venues: it was waged in sports arenas and cathedrals, in embassies and corporate boardrooms. Thousands died, but in the end, nonviolent pressures played a major part in the collapse of apartheid and thus in the stunning victory of democracy in South Africa.
How Have you Heard from Johannesburg? Created Community Change
The New York City based Harlem Council for Presbyterian Churches used four of the film series for a Pentecost discussion. They organized a screening at one central church and invited five neighboring Presbyterian Churches to join them for weekly fellowship and discussion. The Council plans to create another documentary film series to talk about key issues facing social justice.
Shares Elder Doug Howard. "This was a very thought-provoking documentary. There were so many thought-provoking facts revealed that were not known. As Christians, did we do enough? Could injustice like this occur today? I wish more people could see this film and hearing the feedback from our discussion makes it clear that they have been enriched. All churches should be exposed to this film."
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