Analysis Of The Movie ' Amandla ' Essay

1800 Words Oct 27th, 2016 8 Pages
“Throughout the struggle there was music,” the narrator says as depicting graphic images of death and cruelty in South Africa. That is how the movie Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony begins, with the viewing of pictures and film that depicts the Apartheid in South Africa. Apartheid was the segregation movement in South Africa that with a textbook definition means “separate development” whereas truthfully it entailed a set of laws that were passed which decided who could live, travel, learn and be buried where and with whom dependent on their race (Roberts, 54). It classified people of white and black and distinctively separated them in a violent matter. Although all of this mass disappoint spread across South Africa, there was one thing that seemed to help some of the people throughout their extreme circumstances and that was music. The movie Amandla! interviews and portrays different musical performances and artists and their stories of how music helped them overcome the challenges they faced as an individual in South Africa during Apartheid. These artists and performances communicated the concept that music was an escape from reality and a form of empowerment during a hard time of repression, however they also shed light on the idea that the music would not have come if there was not a feeling of discontent and separation between 1948 and 1990. The ways that the songs are sung and performed and the ways that the artists speak during the film, seem to me to say…

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