Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony
Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony (2003)

Lee Hirsch spent nine years putting together the ambitious documentary Amandla! A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony. The film records the history of music being used as a form of social protest against Apartheid in South Africa. Interviews… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: February 19, 2003
DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
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Consensus: The powerful singing in Amandla makes for an uplifting, compelling documentary.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The power of voices raised together comes through with a clear elation that's undeniable, and in the end Amandla! makes you want to sing.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The sound of liberation, set to the beat of human destiny.

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Neil Norman
London Evening Standard

Filmed performances, archive footage, and some evocative reminiscences from legendary singers and actors such as Miriam Makeba, Vusi Mahlasela and Sibongile Khumalo bring the period back to life.

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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

Like going to the lecture of an impassioned but really disorganized professor. You exit class flipping through your notes and have no idea what most of them mean.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A pleasure -- musically, intellectually and emotionally.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This is an expertly assembled film, catching us by the throat early on with the deeply resonant songs and anecdotes, and then tweaking our minds as well.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

A documentary that is as thoughtful and inspiring as the music it celebrates.

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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News

Whatever Amandla! lacks in cohesion is made up by the passion of those who lived through apartheid, and the power of their defiant, sad and joyous sounds.

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Cheryl DeWolfe
Apollo Guide

Director Lee Hirsch expertly weaves in historical footage, photographs and recordings, but the most poignant moments are when the camera is focused on people singing.

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