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Can they Forget – Will they Forgive?

South Africa, 1994

Apartheid – statutory racial segregation – has been officially abolished in South Africa. Nelson Mandela’s government has decreed equal opportunities in education and in vocational training for all South African children, whether white, black or coloured. The proof of the pudding, however, lies in the eating. Can years of discrimination be erased by a stroke of the legislative pen? And how equal is the promise of equal opportunities? 15 times more than the amount spent on the education of a black child, is invested in the education of a white child. Under these circumstances, can South Africa truely become a multi-cultural society?

a film by Gordian Troeller
in cooperation with Lincoln Marais
original title: Können sie vergessen – werden sie verzeihen?
camera: Gordian Troeller
sound: Lincoln Marais, Brigitte Dahm-Bauchwitz
editor: Ingeburg Forth
38 minutes

The film only exists in the German version.

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