To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Ten years after the end of apartheid, what's left
to document the struggle? For the filmmakers of the documentary
"Amandla," there's music. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge, the songs that faced down death, despair and
terror on the road to equality in South Africa. Also, the struggle
to stay alive - and report the news - in a war zone. We'll find
out how one journalist risked his life as the lone western correspondent
in Uganda. And, a poet takes in the beauty and the horror of Rwanda.
Sherry Simpson is the executive producer
of the documentary film, "Amandla," which tells the
story of the South African freedom struggle through its music.
Simpson talks with Steve Paulson about the film and the music
and we hear excerpts from both.
David Gewirtzman is a Holocaust survivor
from Poland. Jacqueline Murekatete is a University student who
lived through the tribal massacres in Rwanda. The two tour together
speaking about the horrors of genocide. They tell Anne Strainchamps
their stories and how they became friends in spite of their differences.
Mark Lee was a war correspondent for the
London Telegraph in East Africa. He barely made it back alive
and has now written a novel called "Canal House." Lee
tells Steve Paulson about his time in Uganda as the sole Western
journalist in the country, and recounts tricks of the trade for
staying alive in dangerous places. Also, Victoria Bruce
and Karin Hayes produced a documentary film called "The
Kidnaping of Ingrid Betancourt." They tell Jim Fleming about
Betancourt, a presidential candidate in Columbia who disappeared
while campaigning two years ago. We also hear excerpts from the
film and audio from Betancourt's speeches.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 04-02-01-A.
- Mark Lee, The Canal House (Algonquin)
- From "Amandla: A Revolution in Four Part Harmony"
Soundtrack/ ATO Records
-Nkosi Sikeli Afrika/ Soweto Community Hall
-Meadowlands/ Nancy Jacobs and Sisters
-Kuzobenjani Na/ Vusi Mahlesela
-Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela)/ Hugh Masekela
-Folk Vibe #1/ Tananas
- -Pineapple Heart/ Bela Fleck & the Flecktones/
Little Worlds/Columbia Records
- -Passage at Dusk/ Geoffrey Oryema/ Night to Night/
Real World Records
- -Recuredos De Medellin/ Claudia Gomez/ Tierandentro/
THE KIDNAPPING OF INGRID BETANCOURT - This award winning documentary
recounts the extraordinary story of one woman's fight to purge her
nation of corruption and her family's desperate struggle to free her
and keep her message alive. Premiering on the second anniversary of
her kidnapping, Monday February 23rd at 6:30pm ET/PT on Cinemax
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