Documentary in the traditions of Michael Apted's 7 Up, following the lives of a group of children in South Africa and offering an insight into life in a country that has gone through momentous change. In 1992, when they turned seven, Nelson Mandela had only been out of prison for two years. By the time they were 14, he had become their president and the regime of apartheid had been consigned to history. Chosen from separate communities, the six characters have had starkly differing life experiences. They are black, white, rich and poor and every seven years they have taken viewers into their lives. Luyanda and Andiswa are from a notorious township outside Cape Town, Katlego's life is among the white hipsters of Johannesburg, Lizette lives in a coal-mining town while Olwethu tries to makes the best of the rural area her husband has taken her to live in. Meanwhile, farm boy Willem Alberts has become a household name, playing rugby for his country.
In 1978 two bitter enemies–Uganda's Idi Amin and Tanzania's Julius Nyerere–fought a brutal war that drove Amin and his family into exile. Now their two sons, Madaraka Nyerere and Jaffar Amin, set out to climb Africa's iconic Mount Kilimanjaro on a journey of reconciliation. Each son must grapple with his father's legacy as both had very different visions for Africa.
SOUTH AFRICA is the epic legacy of South Africa’s political transformation that culminated in the first free and fair elections in April 1994. Narrated through personal and intimate accounts from world leaders, politicians, celebrities and journalists, this thought-provoking documentary reflects on South Africa’s very own ‘Miracle’ – the inspiring story of a journey from apartheid to democracy.
"On Beautiful Africa, Malian songwriter and guitar slinger Rokia Traoré unleashes the fiery rocker she's been nurturing since her teens. On four previous offerings she established herself as a wildly inventive and diverse songwriter, most notably on 2008's Tchamantché…" ~AMG, 4/5