Apartheid in South Africa Laws,History
“…the women have long been more militant in their resistance to Apartheid laws in South African than have been their menfolk…” - McCutcheon (interviewer)
Taken by a US documentary filmmaking crew in a deeply segregated South Africa, Apartheid in South Africa Laws, History: Documentary Film - Raw Footage is a 1957 film that, through a series of interview footage, compiles 30 minutes of b-roll that reveals the sociopolitical climate of the country through the eyes of varying members of the country at the time.
Some of these individuals include a black South African anti-Apartheid activist (can’t properly hear his name when spoken by the interviewer, don’t recognize him either), white women from the black sash movement, Adrian Burger a white supremacist and dominee (minister) of the Afrikaner Dutch Reformed Church, Ambrose Reeves, an Anglican bishop of Johannesburg, anti-Apartheid Coloured and Indian activists, prominent author Alan Paton, and more.
The film also highlights the long-existing tensions between Afrikaner and English-speaking Europeans, as well as the transition between passive and active resistance that was slowly sweeping through South Africa.
It’s interesting to note that despite the documentary being introducing the protests of black women against newly introduced pass laws that further restricted the movement of black women (following the Paws Laws Act of ‘52), black women only form as (mostly) silent subjects throughout the film. Whether that is due to the unwillingness of the women to speak with the crew, or appear on camera, or if perhaps the crew were instructed by Apartheid authorities to not interact with black women remains unknown.
Something else that further evades me is the existence of the/an actual documentary that footage from this effort was used to create.
Still incredibly telling and worth a watch.
“If you make your own survival your supreme moral value, then you’re capable of everything.” - Alan Paton