Movies and Documentaries you should watch before visiting South Africa

Tsotsi 2006

The winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. Set in one of Johannesburg’s slums, the film tells the story of Tsotsi, a teenager and small time criminal who after stealing a car  finds there is a baby in the back seat.

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Plot for Peace 2013

An intriguing  documentary film about a  mysterious French businessman Jean-Yves Ollivier whose political efforts apparently helped release Nelson Mandela from prison and end apartheid in South Africa

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Miracle Rising South Africa

Directed by Brett Lotriet Best, the documentary shows the crucial moments in South Africa’s Journey to Democracy. The story is told through the narratives of world famous figures such as Desmond Tutu, Bill and Hilary Clinton, Charlize Theron, Oprah Winfrey and others.

Long Night’s Journey Into Day 2000

Documentary tells four stories based on  hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission that was established to investigate human rights abuses committed in South Africa under the apartheid regime.

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The Bang Bang Club 2010

A Canadian-South African biographical drama based on true experiences of a group of  South African photographers documenting the final days of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

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Law and Disorder in Johannesburg

Louis Theroux travels to South Africa to investigate  the private security industry in Johannesburg.

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Cry, the Beloved Country 1995

Based on the novel by Alan Paton by the same title, the film follows a story of a Zulu pastor as he travels from his home village to Johannesburg in search of his missing son.

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Cry Freedom 1987

Set in apartheid ruled South Africa and based on actual events,  the film tells a story of  Stephen Biko, a black activist played by Denzel Washington and a South African journalist Donald Woods.

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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom 2013

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography by the same name, the films tells the story of his life; from the early childhood in a rural South African village, coming out of age, fighting for freedom and the 27 years of imprisonment through to the president elections.

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Invictus 2009

Following the fall of the apartheid regime, newly elected president Nelson Mandela, uses the 1995 Rugby World Cup to unite the divided South African nation.  Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

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