Zuma-Mbeki battle on film
Windhoek – On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the ANC in 2012 and the forthcoming ANC congress in Mangaung, AfricAvenir is premiering the critically acclaimed documentary, “Behind the Rainbow” in Namibia on December 1.
The synopsis for the Windhoek premiere reads: “Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organisation into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.
“Exiled under apartheid they were brothers-in-arms, under (Nelson) Mandela they loyally labored to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals.
“Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.”
The documentary carries interviews with people at the centre of that storm, including Mbeki, Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan and Mosiuoa “Terror” Lekota.
“Might history repeat itself as the ANC finds itself on a rocky road just weeks before the start of the Mangaung conference in middle of December 2012?” the question is posed.
Hailed as a “grand achievement” by Pretoria News, and a “powerful and insightful documentary” by The Star, the production is certainly a must see for anyone interested in acquiring greater detail on the internal dynamics that are shaping the ANC.
Director and co-producer Jihan el-Tahri is an Egyptian-born, French filmaker, author and news correspondent, who is based in South Africa.
Among her other productions are “Cuba: An African Odyssey” (2007), “The House of Saud” (2004), “The Price of Aid” (2003), and “Regard Croise sur le Sida” (2002).
Co-producer Steven Markovitz is a South African who has productions like “Proteus” (2003), “A Boy Called Twist” (2004), “Behind the Rainbow” (2009), “Pumzi” (2009), “Visa/Vie” (2010), and the well-received “VivaRiva!” (2010) under his belt.
His most recent initiative, African Metropolis, will produce short films by seven helmers from seven African cities in collaboration with the Goethe Institute-South Africa and with support from Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund.