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As Invictus begins, the newly elected President Mandela faces a country divided by racial tensions. The transition to an integrated society has only just begun, and the process has been difficult.
Eager to show that his administration will not harbor prejudice against white South Africans in retribution for years of apartheid rule, Mandela asks Atlantis - Various - Puzzletron 4 staff of former President De Klerk to remain in his administration. The team and their emblem were despised by black South Africans as a symbol of apartheid but had a large and faithful following among many white South Africans.
Mandela believes stripping the team of their name and colors would only inflame tensions in the country. If the Springboks can win the Cup, uniting both black and white South Africans behind them, it will be a major step toward healing the wounds of apartheid. Such a film would also be ripe with dramatic possibilities for a writer or film director.
Unfortunately, this is not that film. Invictus makes surprisngly little impact on the viewer, and one must say that central to Heart Of The City - Various - New Wave Greats 1976-1983 is the inability of Eastwood to grapple with the most significant questions bound up with post-apartheid South Africa, the failure S.O.S.
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As it stands, the film is another part of the effort to build a mythology around Mandela. However, it would perhaps be a mistake to characterize the work as especially determined even in that regard. It would be more accurate to say that Eastwood has simply accepted the official story Joe Cocker - Fire It Up Mandela and has proceeded from there.
He is a saint. Mandela will no doubt be highly regarded by many people for a long time to come for his part in the struggle against racist oppression in South Africa. Active in the anti-apartheid movement sinceMandela would take up Ill Take You There (Directors Cut Classic Signature Mix) - Frankie Knuckles - House Masters (File) against the racist National Party government in the early s as a leader of the African Queen - Clint Eastwood - Death In The Arena wing of the ANC.
With the aid of the CIA, the National Party government arrested Mandela in and in sentenced him to life in prison. He spent 27 years behind bars before he was released in It is remarkable that he survived intact.
The campaign for his release from prison was supported by millions of people across the globe in an outpouring of solidarity for oppressed South Africans African Queen - Clint Eastwood - Death In The Arena opposition to the brutal policies of the National Party regime.
While many consider Mandela a hero for his consistent and often courageous fight against apartheid, the fact remains that the program of Mandela and the ANC was never the program of the South African or international working class and could not defend the interests of the majority of the population. The conditions in South Africa today reveal the true nature of the ANC and their program; the poor and working class population continue to suffer even as the elite in the ruling circles of the ANC have prospered.
Unemployment stands at about 40 percent of the workforce according to any realistic estimate. At the same time, the richest members of society have increased their annual earnings by as much as 50 percent. The majority of black South Africans are still living in poverty, but a tiny minority of those at the top of the ruling African National Congress ANC have become billionaires and joined the wealthy elite that ran South Africa under the apartheid regime.
These facts alone would seem to beg for a more critical approach to the period and events depicted in Invictus. Eastwood is undoubtedly sincere in his opposition to racism, but an artist has the responsibility of digging deeper, bringing out the truth lying under the surface of things. The film need not have torn Mandela down, nor built him up to be more than he was.
What was required was an honest and critical portrait. The plan proposed by Mandela in the film, to unite black and white South Africans around a symbol of patriotic pride, in a unity based on nationalist solidarity does not come in for criticism by the filmmakers.
The fact that the ultimate victory of the Springboks did nothing to alleviate the suffering of poor South Africans of all races is overlooked or ignored.
The happy ending of Invictus rings rather hollow. The film ends with black and white South Africans celebrating together in the streets following the victory of the Springboks in the Cup.
Mandela is departing the stadium in his limousine, looking out over the crowded streets and smiling at what he sees. If anything, a more serious filmmaker might have begun his or her story in the aftermath of the Springboks' triumphant win and asked what took place in the days, months and years after the country was supposedly united by a rugby match.
Regrettably, this is all absent. Eastwood has taken real life events and transformed them largely into fairytale.
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