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Behind the Rainbow
Behind the Rainbow

Behind the Rainbow

“Behind the Rainbow” explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally labored to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory. “Behind the Rainbow” features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki and Terror Lekota; and includes detailed insights into the events which lead to the events in Polokwane, the ANC conference held in 2007.

Production Details

Jihan El-Tahri, Documentary, South Africa, 2009, 124 Min.
Produced by: Steven Markovitz & Jihan El-Tahri, Big Sister (co-production), Big World Cinema

Distribution Details

Germany, Austria, Switzerland
Contact: info(at)africavenir.org  
Format: DCP, DVD
Language: English
Poster/Pictures/Press Kit: Can be sent digitally


„Behind the Rainbow” obtained the second Award in the category Documentary at the FESPACO Film Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

Press Reviews

"A grand achievement" - Pretoria News

"A must-see documentary" - The Times

"A powerful and insightful documentary" - The Star

"Intriguing, revealing must-see documentary... Brilliantly produced" - Sunday World

"While the film provides an engrossing view of political personalities, it also sheds lights on the complex processes of policy formation and political compromises. This richly-detailed documentary captures a unique span of recent history. El-Tahri's film will inform and engage students of political science and African studies." — Educational Media Reviews Online

Director: Jihan el-Tahri

Jihan el-Tahri is an Egyptian-born, French filmmaker, author and news correspondent, residing in South Africa. She has authored, directed and produced award-winning documentary films, authored books and reported on political conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. Jihan is a Member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and Secretary General of The Guilde of African filmakers in the Diaspora. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with honours) in Political Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, both from the American University in Cairo. Speaking French, English and Arabic as well as some functional Spanish, Jihan was a correspondent/super stringer for US News & World Report covering the Middle East while residing in France. The main stories covered were: Return of Yasser Arafat to Gaza, Algerian Elections, Madrid Peace Conference, Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War). Jihan was also the the Tunis Special Correspondent for the Washington Post, The Financial Time (London), US News & World Report while in Tunisia. The main stories covered were" the PLO, Islamic Movements and Algeria. While living in Egypt, she was the Cairo correspondent for The Sunday Times (London) and correspondent for the Reuters news agency. The list of her films is endless. Some of the films she directed are:  “Cuba: An African Odyssey” (2007), “The House of Saud” (2004), “The Price of Aid” (2003), “Regard Croise sur le Sida” (2002).

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