"The thing that saved us was music. The music was ... not even what we call Liberation Music. Music was part of liberating ourselves." - Abdullah Ibrahim, from Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony
On Saturday, February 7th, the Periphery Center will be hosting a screening of the film, "Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony."
While just about every revolutionary movement has used song to give voice to its people and followers, the black South Africans who fought and died to topple the apartheid regime maintained a uniquely sophisticated musical tradition, which allowed them to organize their community on a deep and poetic level.
Threading interviews and archival clips with a powerful soundtrack, this film demonstrates how musical expression was central to the project of self-determination in South Africa. Each chapter of the often brutal (but ultimately triumphant) saga that lasted from 1948 to 1994 was accompanied by songs of defiance, mourning, pride and despair.
Saturday, February 7th, 2015
5:30pm - Drinks / snacks
6:00pm - Film (+brief intermission)
8:00pm - Discussion and more drinks/snacks
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or text Meredith at 973-349-7358 for the address in Oakland, CA.