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Amandla! A Revolution In Four-Part Harmony

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Lee Hirsch

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About the Movie

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 and archival footage help to tell the tales of figures like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba, Abdullah Ibrahim, and Vuyisile Mini. Mini's songs became such a powerful social force that his remains were exhumed and reburied in order to show proper respect after the end of Apartheid. This look at political oppression and the courage required to fight it was screened at the 2002 Sundance Film Festival.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 61
  • Fresh: 50
  • Rotten: 11
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Dense with sound and information, but it moves with a swift, lilting rhythm that is of a piece with the musical heritage it explores. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: Johanna Demetrakas' editing is magnificent at orchestrating and balancing potentially conflicting moods to build a consistent tone all the movie's own. – Mike Clark, USA Today, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: It leaves you stirred and uplifted not only by its music but also by the determination and courage of the people who sang and danced it on the way to a freer life. – Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times, Mar 1, 2003

Rotten: 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. – Wesley Morris, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Glad I checked it out

I remeber hearing about this doc when it won an award at Sundance. Glad I saw it. Great movie, great music. Now i gotta find the soundtrack!


The most joyfull - musical and inspiring documentary to ever come our way - just click on it and let your spirits lift.

Great Documentary

I remember watching this movie in my Arts Humanities class. We were learning about Popular Music in Africa. Great learning experience, researching and understanding how music is done in Africa and the historical and theoretical purposes for music. There is so much one could learn from viewing this film. Absolutely loved it!!