Friday, January 6, 2012

The Documentary: “Have You Heard from Johannesburg?”

'''Have You Heard From Johannesburg?''''' is a series of seven pro-ANC documentaries, with a total runtime of 8.5 hours, covering the 45-year ‘struggle’ against South Africa's system of racial segregation, more commonly known  by the liberal swearword - “APARTHEID”.

One of several liberal-minded critics had the following to say about this documentary:
"This brilliant series, on the most important international social justice movement of the 20th century, is a landmark work of global significance."
-- Professor Clayborne Carson, Stanford University

Although the film provides, in my opinion, an unbalanced viewpoint of the apartheid era, I have no major gripe with the overall substance of the film.  I do, however, feel that the ANC government is exploiting it for all the wrong reasons. I cannot see how the movie harmonizes with the ANC’s supposed intentions of establishing national unity.  I also do not believe this is the type of film that should be screened repetitively, particularly to an audience that has no firsthand experience of the events, or who weren’t even born in that era. That the ANC is doing exactly that, serves as proof of their malicious intentions of indoctrinating the naive masses.

This is not the first anti-apartheid film that the ANC government has exploited for ulterior motives.  During the past 17 years of democratic rule the homes and schools of South Africans have been bombarded with an assortment of anti-apartheid material.
Above and beyond the daily dose of misinformation, the ANC has also made a habit of publicizing their frequent celebrations, demonstrations, funerals, meetings, seminars, speeches; -- the list just goes on and on... (God help us when Mandela dies).  Their behaviour is so typical of the scenarios illustrated in Kevin D Williamson’s book, “The Politically Incorrect Guide to SOCIALISM”, which reveals, among other facts, that Socialism benefits just one group of people: the central planners themselves. Everything in South Africa revolves around the ANC and Black people... the rest don't count!

If there is one definite prediction I can make for the year 2012, it will be the fact that more and more people, especially the youth, are going to be indoctrinated by half-truths, misinformation and lies than ever before. The programming is going to be so repetitive and forceful that in a few years from now evidence we know for a fact to be falsified, is going to be accepted as undeniable truth. Anybody who dares to disagree with the newly programmed perspectives will be treated like outcasts.

The few 'outcasts' who refuse to shut-up will eventually be terrorized into fearful silence. The insecure and hesitant ones will be persuaded by the majority that “reformation” and “restructuring” is a natural process, and that concepts, such as “Truth” and “Justice” are subjective in nature.  Millions will believe these lies and will continue to do so for most part of their life-span. Sadly, by the time some people reach adulthood, and get that irresistible urge to seek the truth for themselves, they will not find it.

Beautiful poetry as well as numerous verses in our Christian Bibles speak of “Truth” and “Love” as if these two concepts belong together (which I believe they do). Yet when the liberal voice speaks of human rights, justice, peace, fairness, freedom for all, and all things bright and beautiful… and so on, their actions, and the series of events their actions generate, seldom incorporate expressions of “Truth” and/or “Love”. That their actions are more inclined to generate hatred, fear, and panic - is a certainty!

I noticed this strange liberal phenomenon again last night, while viewing Episode 4 of the documentary on SABC2. The 4th episode, called “Fair Play”, dealt with a time (not too long ago) when South Africa was subjected to a variety of international sport boycotts.

I never realized that the burning hatred expressed by White hooligans from Britain, Australia and New Zealand, towards the all-White South African Springboks rugby team was so intense and so violent.

Incidentally, the reason why I never realized this was because television in South Africa was only introduced in 1976, when I was about 16 years old. My parents never bothered purchasing a TV set. I left home at the age of seventeen to attend compulsory police training for 6 months. There was no television installed in our training facility. After that I was transferred to a station in Johannesburg where the barracks also had no TV set installed. Television was the last thing on our minds back then!

With the knowledge that Australians were racially prejudiced towards the Aborigines during that same period, the actions of the crazed masses on the sports fields really had me stunned for a moment. I was particularly shocked to hear that certain rugby players actually feared they’ll be shot by some lunatic sport fan. The disgraceful manner in which our sportsmen were treated back then, was in my eyes a reflection of a dark and sinister authority that was ruling the minds of the masses.    It was disturbing to see how the ‘supposed’ Christian nations of this world were treating fellow Christians. It is thus no wonder that European nations are today no longer considered as the centres of Christian faith –
(see this recent article on the subject).

While viewing those old scenes several thoughts crossed my mind…

That many of the crowds were not sport fans at all but hired activists, who had been swept into a satanic frenzy by media hype, was one thought. Another thought that crossed my mind was that the Springboks, although representatives of South Africa, had absolutely no control over the politics of the day. It was also quite evident that the elements of “Truth” and “Love” were severely lacking from the viewpoints expressed by many of the anti-apartheid commentators.

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

SABC2 first screened the documentary in September 2010, and is now showing it again this entire week, with one episode per day - starting from Monday, as a precursor to the SABC's planned live television coverage of the ANC's 100 Years Centenary Celebrations on Sunday 8 January for 7 hours:  - 5 hours on SABC2, and another 2 hours on SABC1.

Popular primetime shows that have been affected by this indoctrination of the masses include: 50/50, Erfsondes, Pasella, America's Got Talent, Noot vir Noot and Gospel Classics –

For weeks now the SABC has been heavily hyping the 7 part documentary series with a multitude of typical communist-revolutionary style promos in heavy rotation. The SABC announced in a statement ''we are excited as the SABC that we will be beaming these celebrations right into our loyal viewers' homes''...

In other word, what they’re actually saying is:

 “We’re extremely happy for the opportunity to once again utilize our State-run television broadcasts to ram the viewpoint down your throats that evil ol’ apartheid was really bad, bad, bad!  And WE the ANC, and nobody else, got us all out of that mess! The fact that the documentary has won numerous impressive awards, including Best Documentary of 2010, makes it all the more convincing -- so you better believe it!”

The documentary was produced and directed by Ms. Connie Field (60), an American who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and who is best known for her work on American themes.  One can thus assume that she had very little firsthand experience of South Africa’s multifaceted ‘struggles’, and that she was thus heavily influenced by the illusory hype propagated by the international media, who were hell-bent on creating the worst possible image of a “White” South Africa.

Ms. Field admits that she focused exclusively on the relationship between the South African anti-apartheid movement and its allies abroad, and visited places like the United States, Britain, the Netherlands and Norway. By the time she began filming in South Africa,  Nelson Mandela was already president of the country. Her perspective of the “old” South Africa had thus already been shaped by the distorted worldview..., and because it was a “worldview” it was also considered “the norm”.

It thus comes as no surprise that the documentary omits vital details regarding the reasons why certain organizations such as the ANC were banned in the first place, and why the violent rivalries among various black political groups such as, the ANC, Pan Africanist Congress, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), United Democratic Front (UDF) - to mention a few, only received fleeting treatment.

Ms. Field’s excuse was that 8.5 hours of film was not enough... “Had I been able to make 12 hours, all of that would have been there,” Ms. Field said. “But in order to tell the story clearly, I had to come up with a formula that was somewhat chronological but also schematic. So you have to end up having to make choices, and as you shape things, some things had to fall by the wayside and ended up on the cutting-room floor, including some people who are heroes to me.” –

The 7-part documentary includes the following episodes:

All these episodes can be viewed free online, here.

Episode 1: Road to Resistance: 1948 - 1964 (65 Minutes)
As the U.N. adopts the Declaration of Human Rights, South Africa heads in the opposite direction and implements apartheid.  A mass movement is born, then crushed, and Nelson Mandela is jailed for life.

Episode 2: Hell of a Job (58 Minutes)
The future of the movement is on the shoulders of Oliver Tambo, who escapes into exile and begins a 30-year journey to engage the world in the struggle to bring democracy to South Africa.

Episode 3: The New Generation (58 Minutes)
Youth in South Africa and around the world are next to join the growing movement against apartheid, and the brutal suppression of a youth uprising in Soweto galvanizes public support for sanctions against South Africa.

Episode 4: Fair Play (96 Minutes)
Athletes and activists around the world hit white South Africa where it hurts: on the playing field. The sports boycott pushes apartheid South Africa out of international sporting competitions, isolating it in an area of passionate importance.

Episode 5: From Selma to Soweto (89 Minutes)
African Americans alter U.S. foreign policy for the first time in history, successfully pressuring the U.S. to impose sanctions and politically isolate Pretoria.

Episode 6: The Bottom Line (86 Minutes)
International grassroots campaigns against Polaroid, Shell, Barclay’s, General Motors and others doing business in South Africa economically isolate the apartheid regime and become the first successful effort to use economic pressure to help bring down a government.

Episode 7: Free At Last (78 Minutes)
An uprising in South Africa becomes the final blow in the cumulative world effort to topple apartheid. Nelson Mandela becomes a household name as the campaign to free him ignites a worldwide crusade.

Responding to the propaganda:

Compared to human rights abuses in Islamic and Communist countries, Apartheid was actually mild. By 1987 just about all the Apartheid laws were abolished. The question is - why did the world then continue to hold sanctions and boycotts against South Africa? Was the so-called “Struggle against Apartheid” perhaps nothing more than a deception by international power players to get their hands on the treasure chest of the world, namely South Africa?

The best response to unbalanced documentaries like these, and the best answers to complex questions about the apartheid system can be found online in Mike Smith’s series of articles called: “Pandora’s Apartheid Box”.  In this series Mike Smith provides answers to, among other things, the decisive question:  Was the system of racial segregation (apartheid) truly a crime against humanity, or was it perhaps the fairest system ever created for multicultural societies?

I’ve taken the liberty of providing the direct links to articles that Mr. Smith has completed thus far. I’ve listed these links in a separate page created exclusively for this series.  Please bear in mind that this is an ongoing project by Mike, and that newer articles will appear as time progresses.

PS: I've just received the news that Mike is planning on publishing one last chapter.


Click here to visit the page - "Pandora’s Apartheid Box"


Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

And while we’re on this subject... the Apartheid model of detention-without-trial is slowly becoming a fixture of the American legal landscape. MORE:

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Hi Tia,

Yours is one of the very best blogs out there and it is long overdue that I leave a short comment on it.

It's not going to be earth-shattering stuff, but I want you to know that I admire guys like you and Mike beyond words. Despite all odds, you both stand up for long-forgotten values, you expose the continual lies and deception of the ANC government and you keep the world informed on what is really going on in our beloved South Africa.

It is a pleasure and a privilege to visit your blogs each and every single day. Keep up the excellent work and believe me when I say, your tireless efforts are absolutely paramount and are appreciated more than you will ever know.

God bless and take care.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog


Your kind words and compliments are much appreciated, thank you!

Alta said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Hi there

where can I buy the series?


Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Alta – The entire series can be downloaded here for free. The website “Clarity Films” also has a link you can follow if you wish to purchase the 7 disc DVD box set.

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