Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

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The powerful singing in Amandla makes for an uplifting, compelling documentary.



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Lee Hirsch spent nine years putting together the ambitious documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. The film records the history of music being used as a form of social protest against Apartheid in South Africa. Interviews and archival footage help to tell the tales of figures like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Vuyisile Mini. Mini's songs became such a powerful social force that his remains were exhumed and reburied in order to show proper respect after the end of Apartheid. This look at political oppression and the courage required to fight it was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

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  • Some of it-by musicians, scholars, dissidents, former guerrillas, retired riot cops-is fascinating, some vainglorious.

    Jan 29, 2018 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: B

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • 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.

    Mar 21, 2003 | Rating: 2/4
  • A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.

    Mar 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • The sound of liberation, set to the beat of human destiny.

    Mar 14, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A pleasure -- musically, intellectually and emotionally.

    Mar 14, 2003 | Rating: 3/4

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