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Dawn of Humanity. PBS/NOVA
2015. 1 hour 53 minutes. NOVA and National Geographic present exclusive access to an astounding discovery of ancient fossil human ancestors. Deep in a South African cave, a special team of experts has brought to light an unprecedented wealth of fossils belonging to a crucial gap in the record of our origins that spans the transition between the ape-like australopithecines (such as the famous Lucy) and the earliest members of the human family.
2009. 112 mins
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Academy Award Best Picture nominee, this science fiction action film examines the impact of an alien ship crash landing in South Africa during apartheid. Based in part on the forced resettlement of District 6, this film deals with issues of racism, xenophobia, political power, and immigration.
Heal the Whole Man.
1974. 50 minutes. The film examines Barolong religious syncretism in the context of the modern socio-political predicament. Two main types of religious organisation may be distinguished: the larger churches, whose form approximates that of the original mission church; and the smaller, highly factious groups, whose structure and ritual activities combine American fundamentalism with indigenous practice. The film attempts to show how seemingly irrational belief and action make sense when viewed in their proper context. The apparently bizarre syncretistic religion of the Barolong can be seen as part of the universal human quest to impose order and meaning upon everyday experience.
Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom
2013. 2 hours 21 minutes
Docudrama based on Nelson Mandela's autobiography chronicles his long struggle against apartheid and his contributions to South Africa.