Filmmaker Discusses Daisy Bates and Black History Month

Independent Lens is kicking off Black History Month this week with Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock (premieres Thursday, February 2 at 10pm in some markets; check local listings). We caught up with filmmaker Sharon La Cruise to talk about how she came to the project, and why so many people have never heard … READ MORE

The Secret Intrigue That Helped End Apartheid

The anti-apartheid movement used a complex network of covert strategies involving cover identities, disguises, and secret messages to facilitate communication between the exiled ANC Deputy President Oliver Tambo and the imprisoned Nelson Mandela. Don’t miss “Free at Last,” the final episode of the landmark series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” airing January 26, 2012 (check … READ MORE

Episode 5: Have You Heard From Johannesburg

The apartheid regime in Pretoria crumbles under pressure from a united popular uprising inside its borders, and crushing international pressure to reform. Nelson Mandela is freed from prison and in 1990 is elected president of a democratic South Africa.

Bonus Episode: Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Faced with governments reluctant to take meaningful action against the apartheid regime, athletes and activists around the world hit white South Africa where it hurts: on the playing field.

Episode 3: Have You Heard From Johannesburg

Only a decade removed from the height of its own civil rights movement, the United States becomes a key battleground as African Americans lead a grassroots movement to force the United States to reverse its policies toward South Africa.

Making the Case for Divestment in South Africa

Two African American employees of Polaroid initiated a public awareness campaign to force their company to cease doing business there. Don’t miss “The Bottom Line,” the fourth episode of the landmark series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” airing January 19, 2012 (check local listings).

A Very Public Protest Against Apartheid

On Thanksgiving Eve in 1984, Congressman Walter Fauntroy made national news when he and two other prominent protestors were arrested at the South African Embassy in Washington D.C. during a sit-in protest. Don’t miss “From Selma to Soweto,” the third episode of the landmark series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” airing January 19, 2012 (check … READ MORE

Episode 4: Have You Heard From Johannesburg

The most effective tactic in globalizing the fight against apartheid was the grassroots boycott and divestment campaign that targeted Western corporations doing business with the South African regime.

The Sharpesville Massacre Catalyzes a Movement

In March of 1960, the brutal massacre of protestors in the town of Sharpesville became an early catalyst for the worldwide anti-apartheid movement. Don’t miss “The Road to Resistance,” the first episode of the landmark series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” airing January 12, 2012 (check local listings).

The World Witnesses the Soweto Uprising

On June 16, 1976, what began as a non-violent demonstration by students in Soweto quickly escalated into a violent uprising once the authorities fired on the unarmed protestors, killing 12-year-old Hector Pieterson. Don’t miss “The New Generation,” the second episode of the landmark series, “Have You Heard from Johannesburg,” airing January 12, 2012 (check local … READ MORE

Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Episode 1

Just as the United Nations adopts the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa heads in the opposite direction, instituting a system of racist and oppressive laws against non-whites, and imprisoning opposition leaders including Nelson Mandela.

Have You Heard From Johannesburg: Episode 2

When South Africa’s ruling whites brutally suppress a youth uprising in Soweto and murder resistance leader Steven Biko, young people in the West join a growing international movement to sanction and isolate South Africa.