Winds of Change (1994)

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As South Africa holds its first free elections, an investigation of life there through unique access to `Bailey's African archive' - the photo archive of South Africa's 40-year old `Drum' magazine. The collection consists of 750,000 photographs of all aspects of black life in South Africa since the introduction of apartheid in 1948. The only images on screen are the photographs themselves which comment on how people's lives were affected and hopes dashed. The images include activist Ruth First and Helen Joseph marching on Pretoria, B.J. Vorster and D.F. Malan preaching their ideology, Nelson Mandela training with young boxers and Hugh Masakela and Miriam Makeba performing together in a backsteet bar. Anthony Sampson, editor of 'Drum' and Trveor Huddleston, then a parish priest in South Africa, comment on vibrant black culture of the 1950s.

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