Have You Heard From Johannesburg? | Chicago Reader

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

The title refers to Connie Field's ambitious six-part documentary series chronicling the history of apartheid; screening is part four, "Apartheid and the Club of the West" (2006), a solid, straightforward account of U.S. policy toward South Africa. Field traces the U.S. antiapartheid movement from its origins among black politicians and activists in the 70s through the massive demonstrations for divestiture that swept college campuses during the 80s, ending with the congressional repudiation of President Reagan's odious "constructive engagement" policy. The grassroots success is inspiring, though many of this story's congressional heroes (including Ron Dellums and Howard Wolpe) have since retired, leaving a political laggard like Senator Richard Lugar to reprise his shabby morality in the current Iraq debacle.

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