Film Details:

Last Grave at Dimbaza
DVD, video & 16mm color film, 1974, 55 mins.

n 1969, a small group of South African exiles and British film students formed to produce films about apartheid. In 1974 they produced one of the first and most influential films about apartheid. The film was shot clandestinely in South Africa and smuggled out of the country. It revealed to audiences worldwide the shocking inequalities between whites and blacks in South Africa. It went on to win major awards at many international film festivals. This documentary exposť is now a rare, primary visual resource, a portrait of a time and place that was largely unrecorded by photographs or film. By combining its clandestinely-photographed scenes of everyday life with relevant statements from National Party leaders such as B.J. Vorster that characterize the government's unabashedly racist policies, the film becomes a stunning indictment of the apartheid system, which had controlled South Africa since 1948. Concluding scenes show increasing labor unrest and strikes amongst black workers and the compulsory training in armaments use for white South Africans. These scenes dramatically foreshadow the conflict that developed during the following two decades, conflict which culminated in the end of apartheid with the nation's first multiracial elections in 1994. DVD picture is high quality; pictures on video and 16mm are low quality.
Topics:
South Africa; Race and Racism; Human Rights Abuses