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Black and White in South Africa

1957 29 min
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This 1957 documentary short offers an analysis of South Africa's acute race problem, an issue that causes dissension not only within its borders but within the Commonwealth and beyond. In South Africa, a country of 14 million people, 4 out of 5 people are black. The film gives a dispassionate appraisal of the motivations behind the policy of apartheid and of whether the practice of segregation provides a satisfactory, long-term solution.

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Black and White in South Africa

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This 1957 documentary short offers an analysis of South Africa's acute race problem, an issue that causes dissension not only within its borders but within the Commonwealth and beyond. In South Africa, a country of 14 million people, 4 out of 5 people are black. The film gives a dispassionate appraisal of the motivations behind the policy of apartheid and of whether the practice of segregation provides a satisfactory, long-term solution.
This work contains scenes of nudity and/or sexuality. Viewer discretion is advised.
  • director
    John Howe
    Ronald Dick
  • producer
    Ronald Dick
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • script
    Ronald Dick
    William Weintraub
  • sound
    George Croll
    Ron Alexander
  • editing
    Douglas Tunstell
    Nicholas Balla
    Ronald Dick
    Marion Meadows
    Jean Roy
  • narrator
    Edgar McInnis
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn
    Robert Fleming
    Eldon Rathburn
    Norman Bigras

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Education

Ages 13 to 18

Warnings: Nudity

What is the significance of presenting the “History of South Africa” with the arrival of Dutch settlers? Research the history of South Africa before Europeans arrived. Consider telling the history of South Africa and apartheid from the perspective of one of the peoples mentioned (e.g., Bantu) rather than discussing Afrikaners and their hardships. What rights are not granted to Black South Africans based on apartheid? What role does religion and wealth play in reinforcing apartheid? What are the roots and outcomes of apartheid according to this documentary? Research the history of South Africa since 1957 (date of film). What falsehood/stereotypes are perpetuated in this documentary? Research the legacy of townships in urban cities such as Cape Town. How does natural geography play into social tensions and the development of South Africa? 

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