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Freedom Isn't Free: The Freedom Charter Today

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Freedom Isn't Free: The Freedom Charter Today
Freedom Isn't Free: The Freedom Charter Today


Date: Tuesday, 9th October 2018

Time: 4:15pm

Venue: Eden Grove Seminar Room 2


The series is run by the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) and the Departments of Sociology, History, and Economics & Economic History.

Since its adoption in June 1955 by the Congress movement, the Freedom Charter has been the key political document that acted as a beacon and source of inspiration in the liberation struggle against Apartheid. It was reputedly the main source that informed democratic South Africa's liberal constitution and a constant reference point for the ruling African National Congress (ANC) and rival political parties that it spawned since 1994, all claiming the Freedom Charter's legacy.

The film assesses the history and role of the charter, especially in relation to key political and socio-economic aspects of developments in South Africa up to the present period. It includes rare archival footage with interviews of a cross-section of outspoken influential South Africans. A very relevant political contribution to political developments with the ruling party and South Africa at a crossroads as the country heads towards its 6th democratic elections in 2019.

The Director:

Martin has been a community and labour activist for most of his life. He is currently the director and editor of the alternative non-profit media production house, Workers' World Media Productions (WWMP). This is his first documentary film for WWMP as producer and director.