Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2003)

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Critic Consensus: 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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PG-13 (for some images of violence, and for momentary language)
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Documentary , Drama , Musical & Performing Arts , Special Interest
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Critic Reviews for Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

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Full Review… | July 15, 2011
Wall Street Journal
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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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.

March 21, 2003
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.

March 21, 2003
Boston Globe
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A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
San Francisco Chronicle
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The sound of liberation, set to the beat of human destiny.

Full Review… | March 14, 2003
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony

Beautiful, inspiring...just amazing movie. It destroys me (in a good way) to see the power of people united in love and justice against brutal oppression.

Kevin Maness
Kevin Maness

Required viewing for the human race. Know as little as possible walking in, because the film creates a universe unto itself.

M Elder
M Elder

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