Contribute Now
Global Voices: Behind the Rainbow | Topics | WMHT

Global Voices: Behind the Rainbow

Posted by WMHT Web Editor on

Watch Friday, July 18, 2014 at 8:30pm on WORLD

More than a decade after the inauguration of Nelson Mandela, South Africa is slated to become the host of the World Cup — a public affirmation of its break with its violent legacy of apartheid. But while the founding Freedom Charter of the African National Congress (ANC) outlined ideals for “a better life for all,” harsh inequalities still exist, from xenophobic attacks to corruption scandals and township protests. As a new decade looms, post-apartheid South Africa is at a crucial and dangerous crossroads. With the 2009 presidential election as a backdrop, Behind the Rainbowgives a previously untold account of the country's political problems, struggles, and realities. 

The film explores the transition of the ANC, from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent veterans: Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under apartheid, they were once brothers in arms. Under Mandela’s administration, they loyally labored to build a nonracial 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. 

Featuring interviews with former and current ANC leaders, including Jacob Zuma and Thabo Mbeki, Behind the Rainbow is a behind-the-scenes look at South Africa's seemingly miraculous transformation.

Independent Lens Blog

Sad News about Robin Poor Bear

This weekend we received sad news about the subject of the Independent Lens/FRONTLINE film Kind Hearted Woman. Robin Poor Bear, a.k.a. Charboneau, passed away this...

The Cost of Love: Caring for Adults with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities

Did you know that November is National Family Caregiver Month? (Here are some suggested ways of thanking the...

NPR People & Places