Two documentaries use the form in very different ways – one far-ranging, the other intimate. ”Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony” (PG-13, 103 mins., 2002, Artisan) charts the pivotal role of protest music in black South Africans’ struggle against apartheid using interviews with activists, political exiles, and even former riot police, plus, always, the music – at turns cheerful, defiant, and mournful. ”Blind Spot: Hitler’s Secretary” (PG, 87 mins., 2002, Sony Pictures Classics), meanwhile, has a woman simply facing the camera to, well, face her past; recounting memories both banal and chilling, she ultimately must ask herself if being ”unaware” made her any less culpable. The films couldn’t be less alike: The first – the title means ”power” in Xhosa – offers an awe-inspiring revolution in which music was a weapon of intimidation, resistance, and hope; the second, an extremely personal meditation on guilt. But both illustrate the documentary form’s ability to make history vivid. EXTRAS Amandla!: A Q&A with the filmmakers, their commentary, and a brief chat with South African pop star Dave Matthews are less compelling than the additional interview footage and a spine-tingling concert by activist musician Vusi ”The Voice” Mahlasela. A- Hitler’s Secretary: None.
Blind Spot: Hitler's Secretary Two documentaries use the form in very different ways -- one far-ranging, the other intimate. ''Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony'' (PG-13,...Blind Spot: Hitler's SecretaryHistorical, DocumentaryPT90MPG Two documentaries use the form in very different ways -- one far-ranging, the other intimate. ''Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony'' (PG-13,...2003-10-31Sony Pictures Classics
Genre: Historical, Documentary; Starring: Traudl Junge; Director: Andre Heller, Othmar Schmiderer; Runtime (in minutes): 90; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
Posted October 31 2003 — 12:00 AM EST
- President Bill Clinton to appear on 'StarTalk' season 2 premiere
- Graceland sneak peek: Paige is going undercover with the Sarkissians
- Joffrey comments on violence against women on 'Game of Thrones'
- Zayn Malik signs with RCA, says he 'left' 1D to 'show you who I really am'
- Cat Power will narrate the Janis Joplin documentary 'Janis'
- Niles Rodgers talks making 'cool as s--t' music with Beck
- Brie Larson's 'Room' gets October release date
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- #50Scoops50Days: Keep up with the latest in fall TV news
- Ashley Madison profiles for TV's most famous adulterers
- Tyra Banks, The Madden Bros., Taylor Schilling & More!