A Multi-Media Tribute Series

In celebrating twenty years of democracy in South Africa, African Oral History proudly presents our forthcoming documentaries for braodcast, educational curriculum and web packages coming soon in 2014. Get ready to dialogue with our past, so we can explore our future

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Plot for Peace

A Frenchman and a foreigner, Jean Yves Ollivier’s heretofore untold historical thriller about his negotiations behind the scenes in Africa’s plush presidential palaces and in its war zones that contributed to South Africa’s negotiated democracy.


491 Days: Prisoner Number 1323/69 Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

A few hours before dawn on 12 May 1969, security police stormed the Soweto home of Winnie Mandela and detained her in the presence of her two young daughters, then aged nine and 10. For Winnie Mandela this was the start of a 491-day period of detention and two trials.

In her book, published by Pan Macmillan and co-edited by Sahm Venter of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and Swati Dlamini, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela shares extracts from her 491-day prison journal, as well as snippets of correspondence between herself and affected parties at the time, including Nelson Mandela, who by then had been in prison for nearly seven years.

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The Foreign Minister

Pik Botha’s feisty and poetic reflections about his tumultuous career as South Africa’s and at one stage the world’s, longest serving Foreign Minister. A flamboyant messenger between two warring worlds, he was one of the few ministers who survived to serve in both governments.

The Foreign Minister

All for One and One for All: A Tribute to the Frontline States

A Tribute to the Frontline States: All for One and One for All celebrates an extraordinary alliance known as The Frontline States, whose generosity and bravery provided a home in exile to the ANC. Such alliances have plotted the course for the political landscape we live in today.

The interviews include African leaders such as Joachim Chissano, Sir Ketumile Masire, Denis Sassou-Nguesso, Thabo Mbeki, Mathews Phosa, and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, all of whom reveal why the Frontline States put themselves in harm’s way for South Africa’s liberation struggle: All for One and One for All.

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Ten Year Tightrope

Spotlights a small band of notable Afrikaans leaders such as Frederick van Zyl Slabbert, Roelf Meyer and Pik Botha, who turned their backs on their history to help South Africa’s democratic transition. An under-the-radar story of how polarized South Africans began the process of talking to each other.

Narrated by acclaimed actress Gretha Fox, the documentary features the difficult decisions and risks these leaders took to convince the National Party to negotiate itself from power.

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