Shows to stream ahead of Election Day 2019
These South African documentary series, movies and feature films on Showmax offer fascinating food for thought for your pre-Election Day viewing.
No matter who you plan to vote for on 8 May 2019 in the national and provincial elections, it’s worth taking a look at how the political landscape has changed in the country in recent years, as well as to enjoy the lighter, comical side of political manoeuvring.
The winner of the Best South African Film at the Joburg Film Festival 2016, Rehad Desai’s 75-minute documentary takes an incisive look at recent political events that signified the end of an era for South Africa during the 2016 local elections, when the ANC saw a relative decline against the rise of the EFF. Desai won the International Emmy for Best Documentary for Miners Shot Down in 2014. Watch now »
Directed by Rehad Desia, this is an unflinching look at the #FeesMustFall student movement that burst onto the South African political landscape in 2015 as a protest over the cost of education. The story is told by four student leaders at Wits University and their Vice Chancellor, Adam Habib, a left-wing, former anti-apartheid student activist. When Habib’s efforts to contain the protest fail, he brings 1 000 police onto campus, with dire consequences for the young leaders… Watch now »
The four-part miniseries by Anant Singh features the A-list stars of the feature film – Idris Elba as Madiba, Naomie Harris as Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Terry Pheto as Evelyn Mase, Mandela’s first wife. Using footage that didn’t form part of the feature film, the documentary series also shows aspects of Madiba’s childhood and early adult years in four forty-five minute episodes. Watch now »
Director Pascale Lamche won the Best Documentary Director Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival for her biopic about the life and the controversies of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela. The film was an official selection at various international film festivals in 2017, including HotDocs and the Seattle International Film Festival. Watch now »