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Ordinary People
Following On
Directed by Harriet Gavshon
Produced by Harriet Gavshon
A Mail and Guardian Television Production
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The first chapters of ORDINARY PEOPLE, created in 1993, were produced in a starkly different South Africa. Amidst social and political turmoil and strife, leaders were deep in negotiations for a new order, and the ramifications were being felt throughout the country's social structure.

In this, the final episode of the 1995 season, FOLLOWING ON revisits a number of the men, women, and children featured in the inaugural series. Intercut with scenes from the first shows more than two years after they were assembled, this program reveals the repercussions that the events chronicled in five of those programs (The Peacemakers; The Lawyer, the Farmer, and the Clerk; The Tooth of the Times; The Penalty Area; and Make Believe) have had on the their subjects as they share the personal tolls the new South Africa has taken on their lives.

The end result is a film which presents far more than just nostalgia and reflection as it bears witness to perhaps the most enormously tumultuous period of change in South Africa's history.


27 minutes / color
Release: 1996
Copyright: 1995
Sale: $195

Subject areas:
South Africa, Africa

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