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Title:1994: the bloody miracle
Editors:Rickards, Meg
Haitsma, Bert
Egan, Paul
Kani, John
Publisher:Boondogle Films
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:political violence
political change
political history
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
External link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_usdNcnJp0
Abstract:Twenty years after the advent of democracy in 1994, it's hard to believe the 'Mandela miracle' nearly didn't happen in South Africa. In an orgy of countrywide violence, some were intent on derailing the first free elections. The film reveals white right wing plans for a military coup, and uncovers a plot to kidnap Mandela and the new leaders-in-waiting and imprison them in neighbouring Angola. Meanwhile the Zulu organisation, Inkatha, was locked in an ever more violent power struggle with Mandela's ANC. In certain areas, this feud turned to fullscale civil war. The filmmakers speak with eyewitnesses, survivors of massacres and bombings, who still bare the physical and emotional scars of that time. In an exclusive interview behind bars, hit squad commander Eugene de Kock lays bare the role of the Apartheid State in undermining the transition, and the complicity of those in the highest echelons of power. In rare interviews, former President F.W. De Klerk and current President Jacob Zuma answer questions about the extent of this State complicity. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]