Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  52 minutes
Date:  1995
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Not available
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Tribal Mind

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Post-apartheid South Africa is the best example of people struggling to overcome tribalism.

The Tribal Mind

South Africa is struggling to overcome the legacy of racism and tribalism that plagues so many countries. Against a backdrop of ongoing violence, a new breed of South Africans are struggling to create a real democracy. Is the rest of the world prepared to relinquish its own tribes? Is there enough time?

'A fascinating story...a self-contained documentary that not only covers 500 centuries of South Africa's history -- it also epitomizes the struggle of the human race with itself and its environment, and presents South Africa as a microcosm of urgent global issues that plague the globe today...The Tribal Mind is an effective teaching resource both at undergraduate and graduate levels on issues of diversity, conflict management and social mobilization towards common national and international development goals. I think the film prudently discusses the issue of race and ethnic tensions in relation to human development, a topic that is generally shunned by the public.' Fletcher Ziwoya, Ohio University, Anthropology Review Database

'The Tribal Mind looks at the danger of maintaining a we-they system (what Dyer calls Tribalism) which often leads to violence, if not outright war and genocide. To illustrate his argument that it is possible to change the 'tribal mind,' the film examines post-Apartheid South Africa.' Online Journal of Peace and Conflict Resolution

'An outstanding effort, sure to inspire both serious thinking and fruitful debate. Highly recommended.' EDITOR'S CHOICE, Video Librarian, March/April 1996

'This is a fascinating series...deeply concerning by definition, but unable by circumstance to offer the quick-fix solution we all want.' The West Australian

'While many may see programs about overpopulation and other unpleasantries as depressing and futile, this series provides a glimmer of hope.' Niagara Falls Review


Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network Competition
Editor's Choice, Video Librarian


Main credits

Dyer, Gwynne (screenwriter)
Dyer, Gwynne (host)
Schioler, Torben (film director)
Mullins, Catherine (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematographers, Georges Archambault, Kent Nason; original music composed and arranged by Osvaldo Montes.

Distributor credits

Catherine Mullins and Marrin Canell

Torben Schiola

Catherine Mullins and Marrin Canell
Torben Schiola
for Green Lion Productions
Co-directed by Torben Schioler
Hosted by Gwynne Dyer

Docuseek2 subjects

South Africa
Race and Racism
African Studies
Social Psychology
Late 20th Century (World History)
Conflict Resolution
Global / International Studies

Distributor subjects

African Studies
Developing World
Race and Racism
Social Psychology


post-apartheidSouth Africa, tribalism, racism, apartheid, ethnic violence, democracy, ethnic conflict; "The Tribal Mind"; Bullfrog Films

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