Monday August 22, 2011
“RFK in the Land of Apartheid” Premiering on PBS Tonight
By: John Suggs
Robert F. Kennedy has long been identified with Massachusetts, New York, and Washington D.C. But this week, following its successful spring South African premiere and tour, a new film that explores the slain presidential candidate’s ties with South Africa, will air on PBS tonight in the United States (check local listings).
Featuring never-before-seen archival footage, and interviews in South Africa and the United States, “RFK in the Land of Apartheid: A Ripple of Hope” interweaves the present with a largely unknown yet important visit that Senator Kennedy made to South Africa in June 1966, during the darkest days of apartheid.
With an original sound track by American musician Jason Moran and voices from the University of Cape Town Africa Choir, the film’s heart is found in the hopeful reaction people have to his “Ripple of Hope” speech at the University of Cape Town, which is widely considered to be the most important speech Kennedy ever gave, and a summation of his deepest-held beliefs and convictions. One paragraph in particular, the “Ripple” paragraph, has become one of the most quoted paragraphs in American politics.
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