Right To Development: South Africa
1988, 30:00 minutes, colour
South Africa is by far the richest country in Africa, with vast natural resources which make it almost completely self-reliant. With such wealth, all South Africans should have adequate income and food. But the system of apartheid reserves the benefits of South Africa's development almost exclusively for the white minority.
Lionel Ngakane, director of the award-winning Jemina and Johnny, was also the first black South African to direct a documentary in his country. In this documentary, he exposes the method used by the South African government to deny the majority of the population the right to development. Chief among these methods is an education system which streamlines non-whites into certain job areas and income groups. He also explores methods that can be used to circumvent this violation.
Insightful, innovative, and told through the stories of the students who are victims of the apartheid, this is an excellent tool for anyone interested in "Third world" and African studies, the education system in South Africa and general human rights issues.
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