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This is an expertly assembled film, catching us by the throat early on with the deeply resonant songs and anecdotes, and then tweaking our minds as well.
| Original Score: 4/5
Director Lee Hirsch expertly weaves in historical footage, photographs and recordings, but the most poignant moments are when the camera is focused on people singing.
| Original Score: 83/100
Like the songs themselves, "Amandla!" tells a terrible story in a most enthusiastic and upbeat way.
| Original Score: 3/4
The film has its share of uplifting and emotionally satisfying moments, and the inclusion of performances by South African musicians surely makes it a must-see for die-hard fans.
Directed by Lee Hirsch, Amandla! A Revolution in Four Part Harmony is one of the best documentaries that focus on the grass roots of the music that told everyone and educated them about apartheid.
A fascinating and insightful film.
| Original Score: 9/10
A remarkable and persuasive argument on behalf of music as a political weapon.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
This is powerful stuff, presented unblinkingly and yet with rousing ardour.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The word 'amandla' means power, and the music undeniably has that, but it lacks the archival footage to put the music in context.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
It's uplifting and lively and filled with fascinating characters, stories and songs.
The power of voices raised together comes through with a clear elation that's undeniable, and in the end Amandla! makes you want to sing.
| Original Score: B
Like going to the lecture of an impassioned but really disorganized professor. You exit class flipping through your notes and have no idea what most of them mean.
| Original Score: 2/4
Don't miss this wonderful documentary.
A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.
| Original Score: 4/4
The sound of liberation, set to the beat of human destiny.
An unusually engrossing picture.
A musical document in which determined warriors fire off centuries' worth of melodies like bullets from an AK-47.
A pleasure -- musically, intellectually and emotionally.
Whatever Amandla! lacks in cohesion is made up by the passion of those who lived through apartheid, and the power of their defiant, sad and joyous sounds.
| Original Score: B