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20 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Concerts, films, debates
2014, Aug 28, Thu — 2014, Aug 31, Sun

Nelson Mandela visiting „Colours - Art from South Africa“ in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 1996 | Photographer: William Strauch

Nelson Mandela visiting „Colours - Art from South Africa“ in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 1996 | Photographer: William Strauch

Hugh Masekela | © Brett Rubin

Hugh Masekela | © Brett Rubin

Nozinja | © Chris Saunders

Nozinja | © Chris Saunders

Our time to choose | „A Voter Education Comic Book“, produced by Matla Trust on behalf of the Independent Forum for Electoral Education

Our time to choose | „A Voter Education Comic Book“, produced by Matla Trust on behalf of the Independent Forum for Electoral Education

Otelo Burning, film still | Photo: Promo

Otelo Burning, film still | Photo: Promo

Miners Shot Down, film still | Photo: Promo

Miners Shot Down, film still | Photo: Promo

Behind the Rainbow, film still | Photo: Promo

Behind the Rainbow, film still | Photo: Promo

Layla Fourie, film still | © Pandora Film

Layla Fourie, film still | © Pandora Film

Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me, film still | © Guilio Biccari

Nelson Mandela: The Myth & Me, film still | © Guilio Biccari

Long Night’s Journey into Day, film still | Photo: Promo

Long Night’s Journey into Day, film still | Photo: Promo

Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, film still | Photo: Promo

Africa Shafted: Under One Roof, film still | Photo: Promo

Skoonheid (Beauty), film still | Photo: Promo

Skoonheid (Beauty), film still | Photo: Promo

In 2014, the Republic of South Africa celebrates the 20th anniversary of the first democratic elections. The end of apartheid gave millions of previously disenfranchised people a new life horizon. Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the South African Embassy celebrate this jubilee by hosting a critical appraisal of the developments since 1994. Protagonists of the anti-apartheid movement such as jazz musician Hugh Masekela, author Njabulo S Ndebele or poet Antjie Krog appear alongside representatives of the new generation including filmmaker Khalo Matabane or Afro-futurist trendsetter Nozinja. Films and discussions examine not only the successes of the transition to democracy but also the challenges the country has to face: the wounds of the past, growing inequality, persistent social intolerance. As a “test case in democracy,” the analysis of South Africa also grants insights into the promises and challenges democratic societies worldwide have to come to terms with.