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Jihan El-Tahri: Behind the Rainbow
I will admit that I’ve been sleeping on Jihan El-Tahri, even though there’s been many a gathering at which I’ve seen her and had friends gush about her work. On the advice of a filmmaker friend, who passionately stated that El-Tahri is probably the best documentary filmmaker in Africa, I went to the DVD store to rent the 2009 documentary Behind the Rainbow, her film on the inner workings of the ANC in 1991, 1997 and 2007.
It’s a neatly woven foray into what happened at the historic negotiations with the apartheid government and fearlessly traverses the shaky territory of the arms deal, the breakdown of the Growth, Employment and Redistribution strategy and the RDP with commentary from the likes of veterans Pallo Jordan, Andrew Feinstein, Victor Moche, Thabo Mbeki, Jessie Duarte, Sue Rabkin, Ronnie Kasrils and President Jacob Zuma. It’s a sobering two hours that complicates how we view our national politics today. (MB)…Click to continue reading
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