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Between Joyce and Remembrance


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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 68 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2004
Available in French: No

BETWEEN JOYCE AND REMEMBRANCE is a hard-hitting documentary about truth and reconciliation in South Africa, focusing on the family of the tortured, poisoned and murdered student activist, Siphiwo Mtimkulu. Producer Mark Kaplan spent seven years documenting the lives of Joyce and Sikhumbuzo Mtimkulu, mother and son of the murdered young man, culminating in a meeting of the family with Siphiwo's killer, Gideon Nieuwoudt, a former colonel in the apartheid government's hated security police. Kaplan reveals the fragility of South Africa's transition to democracy by exploring the feelings of the Mtimkulu family. The film picks up where the hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission left off. It offers a deeper understanding of the difficulty of reconciling with torturers, knowing they will receive no punishment. A burial of the only physical remains of Siphiwo - a handful of his hair - is a pitiful closure. For Siphiwo's son, Sikhumbuzo, this may not be enough. We begin to understand the magnitude of the sacrifice being attempted by this generation: to set aside the personal healing that might come from justice served now, in order to accelerate a transformation to a just society, free of recrimination, for the next generation. The film is currently being used in conflict situations all over the world

Awards: Audience Award, Encounters, The South African International Documentary Film Festival; Opening Night Film, Ten Years of Freedom Film Festival, New York; Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival; INPUT, Barcelona; DITSHWANELO Human Rights Film Festival; Alex Film Festival

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