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Transkei – The Road To Independence

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South Africa
This film misinforms the deeply troubled Republic of Transkei as an economically stable region with a flourishing industry and educational system. Includes footage of a huge stadium gathering on the day it became a nominally independent state in October, 1976 with addresses by South African prime minister John Vorster and the long-term leader of Transkei, Kaiser Matanzima.
Physical formats available:
VHS, Mini DV
Digital formats available:
Quicktime (Pro Res)
Audio & visual:
Sound, Color
South African Propaganda
During the apartheid era, the South African Information Service launched a campaign of propaganda and disinformation aimed at the Western powers, which it considered its natural allies against what it called the “Communist onslaught” to take over South Africa. This campaign was both covert and overt, and ranged from what appeared to be straightforward tourist films to savage attacks on the ANC through a source apparently connected to the South African Information Service. The South African government spent millions of dollars to win support, with most of this effort being directed at the USA, where it had many influential sympathisers of the apartheid regime. These VHS tapes represent an extremely rare collection of propaganda materials produced by the Information Service.