Event Date and time: October 31 | 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Event website: FILM AFRICA 2016 – SOWETO: 40 YEARS ON
Event cost: £7
On 16 June 1976, some 20,000 students from schools across the Johannesburg township of Soweto took to the streets in protest to the introduction of Afrikaans, famously labelled the “language of the oppressor” by Desmond Tutu, as the teaching medium. What began peacefully ended in carnage; police killed an estimated 700 young protesters in a display of brutality that shook the world, and was the eventual death knell for the country’s racist government. 40 years on, this date is now the popular Youth Day holiday. With a new wave of student protests currently sweeping the country, Film Africa presents a double bill to remember the sacrifices and successes of the youth movement, while also highlighting the deep racial and class inequalities still being felt across South Africa today.
SOWETO, TIMES OF WRATH | UK PREMIERE
Soweto, South Africa, 1976. A new world is opening up for a group of young black students, whose extraordinary teacher, Mary (Whoopi Goldberg), defies the authorities and dares to teach them truths that are not found in approved textbooks. For one pupil in particular, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo), this forbidden curriculum will have a far reaching impact on her life. To mark 40 years since the Soweto Uprisings and 25 years since the celebrated musical Sarafina!, we remember the spirit and resilience of the youth of Soweto, who battled against the brutal apartheid Government and in doing so changed the course of their country’s history.
The screening will be followed by a discussion on human rights, and stories of how communities are taking action to have their voices heard on the streets and in the courts.