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Have You Heard From Johannesburg: From Selma to Soweto (5 of 7)

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Uploaded on Dec 11, 2006

"From Selma to Soweto" is part of a powerful new documentary series by two-time Academy Award nominee Connie Field that shines light on the global citizens movements that took on South Africas apartheid regime. Long one of South Africa's most important and powerful allies, the United States becomes a key battleground in the anti-apartheid movement as African-Americans lead the charge to change the governments policy toward the apartheid regime. Strengthened through years of grassroots organizing during the civil rights movement, black leaders and their allies take on U.S. foreign policy on South Africa, directing campaigns in corporate boardrooms, universities, embassies, and finally in the U.S. Congress itself, where a stunning victory is won against the formidable opposition of President Ronald Reagan. African-Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, and the U.S. once the backbone of support for apartheid South Africa as its ally in the Cold War finally imposes sanctions on Pretoria. European sanctions follow, and with them, the political isolation of the apartheid regime.

"From Selma to Soweto," released as an independent feature film in 2006 under the title "Apartheid and the Club of the West," received Best Feature Documentary Awards from both the Canadian Film Board and the Pan African Film Festival.

For more information about the series, visit http://www.clarityfilms.org. To get involved in the global engagement campaign around the series, please visit http://activevoice.net/haveyouheard.html.

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