Have You Heard from Johannesburg: Oliver Tambo


Sequoia 2 Sun, May 6, 2018 7:15 PM
Film Info
South Africa
Running Time:97 min.
Premiere Status:North American
Director:Connie Field
Producer:Albie Sachs
Connie Field
Screenwriter:Connie Field
Cinematographer:Tom Hurwitz
Ian Watts
David Forbes
Joan Churchill
Editor:Gregory Scharpen
Cast:Eddie Funde
Thabo Mbeki
Albie Sachs
Salim Salim
Per Wastberg
Dali Tambo
Print Source:Connie Field
Note Writer:Dennis Harvey


Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning Berkeley filmmaker Connie Field’s original Have You Heard from Johannesburg was a true documentary epic—a definitive, seven-part cinematic history of the efforts both local and international to end Apartheid rule in South Africa. But even at eight-and-a-half hours, it couldn't fully limn every key player in such a complex story. Nearly a decade after that huge project’s completion, Field has created an additional panel to honor the 100th birthday of a particularly towering yet still little-known figure: Oliver Tambo. While Nelson Mandela remained the face of this particular revolution as he languished in prison 27 years, his childhood friend and African National Congress co-founder largely ran ANC’s ground operations. This stirring portrait captures all the complexities of a remarkable life. Tambo was a deeply religious man orchestrating a secular movement, a pacifist commanding its army. It’s a dramatic saga you’ll be amazed you'd heard so little about.| NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE

IN PERSON: Director Connie Field

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Connie Field’s many social issue and historical documentaries have been showcased at festivals around the world and she has won multiple awards for her films, including Have You Heard from Johannesburg; Salud; Freedom on My Mind; Forever Activist; The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter; and Al Helm: Martin Luther King in Palestine. Currently she is completing The Whistleblower of My Lai, documenting the creation of a new music opera on the My Lai Massacre in Vietnam with the Kronos Quartet. Field is a recipient of the John Grierson Award as Most Outstanding Social Documentarian and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.