Promises and Lines: Fault Lines in the ANC

Hosted by The Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD)
4 May 2017
Old Fort Prison Cells, Constitution Hill, Johannesburg

Documentary Premiere at Constitution Hill: Promises & Lies – Fault Lines in the ANC

On the 4th of May, 2017, the Visual Identities in Art and Design Research Centre (VIAD) hosted the premiere of Dr Siona O’Connell’s provocative documentary, Promises & Lies – Fault Lines in the ANC. The premiere was screened in the tented pavilion on Constitution Hill, and was opened with an address by former Finance Minister Mr. Pravin Gordhan. Members of the audience included President Kgalema Motlanthe and his wife Ms. Gugu Mtshali; members of the diplomatic corps; representatives of the Nelson Mandela Oliver Tambo, Joe Slovo and Ahmed Kathrada Foundations; representatives of the ANC Youth League; representatives of the South African Communist Party; as well as a number of esteemed political analysts, academics and creative practitioners.

Produced and directed by O’Connell, Promises & Lies – Fault Lines in the ANC, considers the trajectory of the ANC through the lens of a newly uncovered photographic archive, which chronicles the experience of ANC members living in exile between 1989 and 1990. Considering the resonance of the images in a contemporary moment of political crisis, the film includes such prominent commentators as former Finance Minister Dr. Trevor Manuel, IPID head Robert McBride, and political analysts such as Professor Pierre de Vos and Dr. Zwelethu Jalobe. As an exercise in collective self-criticism, Promises & Lies – Fault Lines in the ANC asks difficult questions around collective memory, accountability and the ongoing demand for active citizenry – encouraging viewers to rethink histories of liberation struggle in relation to what O’Connell describes as an, “as of yet unrealised freedom”.


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James Macdonald, Curatorial Project Manager, Visual Identities in Art & Design Research Centre
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Promises and Lies: Fault lines in the ANC

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