Egyptian filmmaker Jihan El-Tahri’s feature length documentary about South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), will be released theatrically in South Africa at selected cinemas from 28 November.
In Behind the Rainbow El-Tahri questions whether power will consume the dream. The film explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organisation 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 laboured 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.
The film was produced by El-Tahri and Steven Markovitz of Big World Cinema and co-produced by Benoit Juster and Platon Trakoshis.
Behind the Rainbow will play at the following venues:
Johannesburg – NuMetro Hyde Park, Ster-Kinekor Nouveau Rosebank, Ster Kinekor Maponya Mall and Ster Kinekor Westgate
Cape Town – NuMetro V&A Waterfront and Ster-Kinekor Cavendish
Durban – Ster-Kinekor The Wheel
Pretoria – Ster-Kinekor Sterland.