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Oliver Tambo

This latest entry into the Emmy Award-winning series Have You Heard From Johannesburg tells the untold story of Oliver Tambo—who lived a life on the principles of ethics, compassion, inclusion, social justice and equality—the man behind the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid in South Africa.

Described as one of the world’s greatest statesmen, his strategy to the international community to isolate and sanction the apartheid regime created the most globalized human rights struggle of the 20th century. Regarded as a terrorist in the West, he was hunted by the South African government’s assassins. He narrowly escaped death at their hands, and succeeded in leading the overthrow of apartheid and fathered the new constitution of a democratic South Africa.

Reviews for the full Have You Heard From Johannesburg 8 part series are available:

"Connie Field has produced a STAGGERING, PANORAMIC FILM-HISTORY of the forces that ultimately toppled the apartheid regime in South Africa."
– Anderson Tepper, Vanity Fair

"This brilliant series, on the most important international social justice movement of the 20th century, is a landmark work of global significance."
– Professor Clayborne Carson, Stanford University

"Mandatory viewing! Epic! Exhilarating! More compelling and instructive than any fictionalized movies on the subject. Charged by the impassioned, clear-eyed approach of its producer/director Connie Field and energized by a cast of characters… The figure who stands out as the blood, guts, and mind of the movement… is Oliver Tambo. Shown in rare interview footage, he emerges as a dynamic leader of impressive intellect and courage. (The film) demonstrates Field's talent for weaving an extraordinarily complex tapestry of historical events and international personages into a dramatic structure, complete with climax and catharsis. The number of impressive individuals that Field has assembled to flesh out this story is astounding. There is not a dull or inarticulate figure among these talking heads."
– Tony Pipolo, Artforum

"Best Documentary of 2010."
"EXEMPLARY… A TRIUMPH of maximalist filmmaking. And you won't look at your watch once. Field's nonfiction epic is a monumental chronicle not just of one nation and its hideous regime, but of the second half of the 20th century. Field's scores of interviewees – black, white, fiery, subdued, colonized, colonizing – powerfully complement the abundance of archival footage, and vice versa... deftly toggles between the macro and the micro."
– Melissa Anderson, The Village Voice

"Best Documentary of 2010."
"WELL WORTH THE COMMITMENT. This is a clear-eyed, fast-moving portrait… Every part could stand on its own, Yet the doc's real impact is cumulative."
– Keith Uhlich, Time Out New York

"CRITICS' PICK! One of the most notable achievements (and there are many) of this massive, ENGROSSING, AND SURPRISINGLY EXCITING work about South African apartheid is that it reminds us how recently this violent, immoral, criminal regime was in power— and of how so many world governments turned a blind eye to its brutalities."
– Bilge Ebiri, New York magazine

"Like The Battle of Algiers, the 1966 film about the violent struggle against French colonial rule in Algeria, Have You Heard From Johannesburg functions almost as a manual on how to topple an unjust regime."
– Larry Rohter, The New York Times

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20th Century
South Africa
Race and Racism
Human Rights
Political Philosophy
Politics and Political Science
Political History
Sub-Saharan Africa


Oliver Tambo; Nelson Mandela; South Africa; apartheid; "Oliver Tambo"; Clarity Films