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Namibian Premiere: “Behind the Rainbow”, Saturday, 01 December 2012, 19h00, Goethe-Centre, Windhoek

As the closing film of 2012 in the series “African Perspectives”, AfricAvenir presents the Namibian Premiere of the critically acclaimed documentary “Behind the Rainbow - Will Power Consume the Dream?", directed by and produced by Jihan El-Tahri and Steven Markowitz, South Africa 2009, 124 min. AfricAvenir shows this film on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC) in 2012 and the forthcoming ANC congress in Mangaung

In Detail/Synopsis
ANC at 100 - Rocky roads ahead of Mangaung. Do we remember Polokwane? 
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.

Might history repeat itself as the ANC finds itself on a rocky road just weeks before the start of the Mangaung conference in middle of December 2012?

Press Statements
"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

About the director and producer: Jihan El-Tahri
Jihan el-Tahri is an Egyptian-born, French filmaker, 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).

About the producer: Steven Markovitz
Steven Markovitz is a South African film and television producer
. He has produced and executive-produced features, documentaries and short films including the acclaimed “Proteus” (2003), “A Boy Called Twist” (2004), “Behind the Rainbow” (2009), “Pumzi” (2009), “Visa/Vie” (2010), and VivaRiva!” (2010). Since 2007, he has worked all over Africa   producing documentary series and fiction. 

Markovitz's most recent initiative, African Metropolis, will produce short films by seven helmers from seven African cities. A collaboration with the Goethe Institute-South Africa, with support from Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund, Markovitz sees it as an attempt to rebrand the Western stereotypes of Africa that position it as "a continent of victims."

The film series African Perspectives is supported by the Franco Namibian Cultural Centre, WhatsOnWindhoek, the Goethe-Centre Windhoek and Arterial Network Namibia. 

Date: Saturday, 01 December 2012
Time: 19h00
Entrance: 30,- N$ 
Venue: Goethe-Centre, Auditorium

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