Following the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison, the film series United We Stand: South African Cinema During Apartheid at Anthology Film Archives gives a rare glimpse into the complicated history of this period. Though most of the works in the series were made by white directors (black filmmakers were systematically denied the means of production), almost all of the films belong to the “resistance cinema” of South Africa (the only exception being a short government propaganda piece titled To Act a Lie). On Monday, April 11, at 7, catch a program of three works by black filmmaker Lionel Ngakane, who made films in exile in the U.K. The program includes Vukani/Awake (1962), his first anti-apartheid documentary; Jemima and Johnny (1966), his first fiction film about a white English boy who befriends an immigrant girl from the Caribbean; and Nelson Mandela: The Struggle Is My Life (1985), a documentary on how the political activist became a legend.

April 7-14, 2011