Marching to Pretoria

Penny McCann

1990, 13:00 minutes, Colour, English


Marching to Pretoria is a semi-autobiographical examination of personal and political complicity in the maintenance of the apartheid state in South Africa. The crux of the video lies in three elements: a photograph, a sign and a song. The photograph is of three look-alike eight year olds, twin girls and their male cousin, the sign is the prominent Alcan sign in Kingston, Ont., and the song is Marching to Pretoria, a British Boer war song learned by the filmmaker in public school. These three elements are linked to the apartheid regime of South Africa and from these initial elements can be discovered other reverberations of apartheid.
Through the juxtaposition of image and sound, questions are raised regarding the relationship between the certainty of complicity and the complexity of blame in the issue of apartheid.

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