Distributor:  Icarus Films
Length:  26 minutes
Date:  1994
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 10-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Ordinary People: The Peacemakers

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The premiere episode of the acclaimed Ordinary People series visits two rallies commemorating the 1961 Sharpeville massacre - one staged by the Inkatha Freedom Party, the other by the African National Congress.

Ordinary People: The Peacemakers

This inaugural episode of ORDINARY PEOPLE visits the 1993 rallies in Vosloorus township commemorating the Sharpeville massacre of 1961. Historically an occasion for demonstrations of unity and resistance to apartheid, this day became more dramatic when separate opposing assemblies were convened by both the Inkatha Freedom Party and the African National Congress.

THE PEACEMAKERS introduces four people at Vosloorus: Gertrude, an Inkatha-supporting Peace monitor; Faith, her ANC counterpart; David, an organizer for the regional peace committee; and Clive, a policeman. As the day progresses, the truce between the warring parties is continually tested, even while all work determinedly to keep at bay the violence that has marked the conflict between these parties.

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Main credits

Distributor credits

Harriet Gavshon
Clifford Bestall
A Mail and Guardian Television Production

Docuseek2 subjects

South Africa
War and Peace
African History
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Race and Racism
Politics and Political Science
African Studies

Distributor subjects

Conflict Resolution
South Africa


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