The Discarded People: A shocking new film on South Africa's Bantustans

by California Newsreel
San Francisco, California, United States
Undated, second half of 1981 or first half of 1982
4 pages
Type: Brochure
Coverage in Africa: Namibia, South Africa
Coverage outside Africa: United States
Language: English
Contents: THE DISCARDED PEOPLE • THE SOUTHERN AFRICA MEDIA CENTER • OTHER FILM AVAILABLE FROM THE SOUTHERN AFRICA MEDIA CENTER • HOW TO RENT FILMS • Brochure advertising “The Discarded People” produced by Granada TV. Filmed clandestinely in the Ciskei Bantustan and later smuggled out of the country, “The Discarded People” shows the "reserves" as dumping grounds for black surplus labor. The film shows black and “coloured” neighborhoods being bulldozed and families and long-time friends being separated. Interviews with the deportees document the disastrous results of resettlement in the overpopulated, disease-ridden, and barren "homelands." The brochure includes quotes by Adowa Dunn, African Studies and Research Program, Howard University; Robert I. Rotberg, author of “Suffer the Future: Policy Choices in South Africa”; Jerry Herman, American Friends Service Committee (AFSC); Mildred Fierce, Study Commission on U.S. Policy Toward Southern Africa; Dr. James Turner, Director of Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University; Dr. David Wiley, Director of African Studies Center, Michigan State University; and Melba Smith, United Methodist Office at the United Nations. Other available films are “You Have Struck A Rock!,” “South Africa Belongs to Us,” “Generations of Resistance,” “Six Days in Soweto,” “Crossroads/South Africa,” “Last Grave at Dimbaza,” “Portrait of Nelson Mandela,” “Abaphuciwe (The Dispossessed),” “Free Namibia!,” and “Namibia: A Case Study in Colonialism.” The brochure also mentions Minister of Cooperation and Development Piet Koornhof, apartheid, forced removal, and human rights.
Used by permission of California Newsreel.