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)
Part 2 of the feature documents the struggle for land and power in South Africa. The two competing parties in these wars were the Brits and the Boers. The Black population was not even asked about their stance. The British brought missionaries into the country, while the earlier settlers at the Cape had, in the meantime, developed their own identity. They called themselves Boers and had no intention of leaving the country again. Initially, the Brits showed their liberal side by abolishing slavery. This led the Boers, who disapproved of this move, to embark on their legendary Great Trek into the interior, far away from the despised Brits, always in search of more freedom and independence.
S01:E03 - Bright Freedom (1913 - 2010)
Who owns the land? This question is dealt with in Part 3 of this documentary. In the early 20th century, the Union of South Africa was still young. But it was the disenfranchised Blacks who had ended up with the short end of the stick in the struggle for land and power. The Whites Boers and Britons had simply divided up the land among themselves. The ANC started their initially non-violent resistance. Their idol and model was Mahatma Gandhi. When World War II broke out in Europe, many of the Boers sympathized with the German National Socialists. Tensions grew. In the 1948 general elections, the National Party won the race by a razor-thin margin. Apartheid became the law of the land. Witnesses, including the daughter of a famous White resistance fighter, recount their lives under the new regime and key steps in the struggle against apartheid.
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