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Title:Promises & lies: Fault lines in the ANC
Editor:O'Connell, Siona
City of publisher:Cape Town
Publisher:Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:African National Congress (South Africa)
political conditions
political history
social problems
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
External link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6Dx6bNEi7g
Abstract:This documentary film is part of a multimedia exhibition programme realised by Siona O'Connell in South Africa, that combines rare historical photographs of political exile and a documentary film. The programme, which is entitled 'Promises and Lies: The ANC, Exile and the Project of Freedom' aims to show the sacrifices of political exile and the promise of freedom that was its aspiration, in relation to a current feeling in South Africa of crisis and failure. The thirty photographs in this exhibition, taken in 1989 and1991 by British photographer Laurie Sparham, chronicle the experience of ANC exiles living in Tanzania and Zambia. They show behind-the-scenes moments as well as diplomatic encounters of former exiles such as Thabo Mbeki, Chris Hani, Joe Slovo and Jacob Zuma. The film, which includes interviews with Laurie Sparham, Trevor Manuel (former Finance Minister) and Robert McBride (Independent Police Investigative Directorate), considers the trajectory of the ANC through the lens of this historic photographic archive. 'It asks difficult questions of the ANC in an attempt to think about the shift from a party of liberation to a governing party. The film compels us to think about links and traces, aspirations and accountability, and, in the interests of an as-of-yet unrealised freedom, poses questions we must ask of history and its resonances in the present.' (Siona O'Connell) [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]