South Africa - The Land of Hope
South Africa a land of extreme contrasts. With untold riches, abundant natural resources, breathtaking nature and a vibrant culture. Yet it is also the land that gave the world "apartheid." Although the cruelty of this system will never be forgotten, South Africa has transformed itself into a liberal "rainbow nation" with equal citizens of all colors. This film shows how South Africa the host of the first Football World Cup on African soil came to be the beacon of hope that it is today.
S01:E01 - The Colonists (1652 - 1795)
Part 1 starts with the arrival of a Dutch sailing vessel that would change the future of the African continent: Jan von Riebeeck is supposed to establish a supply station for European ships sailing the long ocean routes, gathering riches from all over the world. Contact between the earliest settlers and the natives was initially peaceful: copper and tobacco were traded for cattle and sheep. But the influx of settlers from Europe into the Promised Land kept growing, and so did the demand for land and cattle, which started to worry the natives. The first conflicts arose. The White intruders did not care much for the people who had been living here for thousands of years, but fascinating rock paintings of the San provide impressive insights into their civilization. With the help of renowned archaeologist Ben Smith, the documentary will elucidate the mysterious symbolism behind these splendid works of art.
S01:E02 - The Land of Hope: Race Wars (1795 1913)
The wars for land and power.
S01:E03 - Bright Freedom (1913 - 2010)
The civil rights movement and apartheid.