On the morning of 16 June 1976, a group of school children in Soweto gathered peacefully to protest the mandatory inclusion of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction. By nightfall a considerable number of them lay dead, mowed down by Apartheid armed forces. More than four decades later, this film looks at the world that made these school children, and how in the absence of political leadership, they stood up to the might of an oppressive state. Speaking to artists, writers, musicians, teachers that inspired them, and some former student leaders themselves, we get a glimpse into the 1970s South Africa and the cost of the fight for quality education and freedom. UPRIZE goes beyond that singular image the world saw of Hector Pieterson and paints a much broader picture of the prevailing ideas that sparked such widespread protest.
Thursday 13 June 2019
Tshisimani Centre for Activist Education at Bertha House
67-69 Main Road, Mowbray, Cape Town
RSVP is essential as places are limited: firstname.lastname@example.org or (021) 685 3516
The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion with director Sifiso Khanyile.
Please note: These films are not suitable for children under the ages of 13 and they will not be admitted into the cinema.