New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Behind the Rainbow Premieres December One

Windhoek — The "African Perspectives" film series, hosted by AfricAvenir, closes the year with film Behind the Rainbow: Will Power Consume the Dream?,which premieres in Namibia on December 1 at the Goethe Centre auditorium.

The 124 minute film was Directed by Jihan El-Tahri, produced by Jihan El-Tahri and Steven Markowitz in South Africa in 2009. Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally labored to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

Behind the Rainbow features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki and Terror Lekota.

And includes detailed insights into the events which lead to the events in Polokwane, the ANC conference held in 2007.

Might history repeat itself as the ANC finds itself on a rocky road just weeks before the start of the Mangaung conference in middle of December 2012.

The film received rave reviews from the South Africa media. "A grand achievement" - wrote the Pretoria News, "A must-see documentary" - The Times, "A powerful and insightful documentary" - The Star and "Intriguing, revealing must-see documentary... Brilliantly produced" , Sunday World were some of the reviews.

Director, Jihan el-Tahri, is an Egyptian-born, French filmaker, author and news correspondent, residing in South Africa.

She has authored, directed and produced award-winning documentary films, authored books and reported on political conflicts in the Middle East and Africa. She is a Member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and Secretary General of The Guilde of African filmakers in the Diaspora. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (with honours) in Political Science and a Master of Arts Degree in Political Science, both from the American University in Cairo.

Speaking French, English and Arabic as well as some functional Spanish, Jihan was a correspondent/super stringer for US News & World Report covering the Middle East while residing in France.

The main stories covered were: Return of Yasser Arafat to Gaza, Algerian Elections, Madrid Peace Conference, Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War).

Jihan was also the Tunis Special Correspondent for the Washington Post, The Financial Time (London), US News & World Report while in Tunisia.

The main stories covered were" the PLO, Islamic Movements and Algeria.

While living in Egypt, she was the Cairo correspondent for The Sunday Times (London) and correspondent for the Reuters news agency.

The list of her films is endless. Some of the films she directed are: Cuba: An African Odyssey (2007), The House of Saud (2004), The Price of Aid (2003), Regard Croise sur le Sida (2002).

Producer, Steven Markovitz, is a South African film and television producer.

He has produced and executive-produced features, documentaries and short films including the acclaimed Proteus (2003), A Boy Called Twist (2004), Behind the Rainbow (2009), Pumzi (2009), Visa/Vie (2010), and VivaRiva! (2010). Since 2007, he has worked all over Africa producing documentary series and fiction.

Markovitz's most recent initiative, African Metropolis, will produce short films by seven helmers from seven African cities. A collaboration with the Goethe Institute-South Africa, with support from Rotterdam's Hubert Bals Fund, Markovitz sees it as an attempt to rebrand the Western stereotypes of Africa that position it as "a continent of victims."

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