RSS file with home page updates in XML RSS Info divider Bookmark and Share divider email Join our email list! divider cartCart  
Icarus Film
Distributing innovative and
provocative documentary films
from independent producers
around the world
32 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201divider(718) 488 8900
The Deadline
Directed by David Jammy
A Mail & Guardian Television Production
Produced for the South African Constitutional Assembly
 Text Size Increase Font Size Decrease Font Size divider Printable VersionPrintable Version
film still

Filmed during the closing stages South Africa's Constitutional Assembly, THE DEADLINE is an inside look at the realpolitik negotiations.

May 10th, 1996 was chosen by the major South African political parties as the deadline for the new constitution. Following the first democratic elections (April, 1994), the ANC-led parliament set about the two year task of creating a blue-print for an apartheid-free society, a blueprint that was to include a set of inalienable rights.

By the final four weeks most of the Constitution had been written, but disputes over a few key issues - property rights, labor rights, education, language. - remained.

Tension grew as the deadline loomed, and the playful cameraderie that had characterized much of the negotiations gave way to open antagonism, accusations, and counter accusations. A deadlock over outstanding issues continued until the final night, threatening to derail the transition to democracy.

THE DEADLINE, commissioned by the Constitutional Assembly, provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of the most historic and dramatic constitutional processes of the 20th century.

"An in-depth, intimate view of the exciting and critical final period in the writing of the new South African constitution... exceedingly informative... of great interest to scholars of contemporary South Africa."—Educational Media Reviews Online


52 minutes / color
Release: 1997
Copyright: 1996
Sale: $298

Subject areas:
Africa, Comparative Government, Law, Politics, South Africa

Related Titles:
An Empire of Reason: What it would have been like if television had covered the ratification process of the US Constitution in 1781.

Story of a Beautiful Country: A South African filmmaker travels in a mini-van taxi across his country with a hand-held camera. Topics range over controversial issues such as land, race, language, democracy, identity, and violence.

Home | New | Titles | Subjects | PDFs | Ordering | Resources | Latest News | Site Map   
About | Closed Captioned | Best Sellers | Study Guides | Filmmakers | RSS | Screenings   
  Follow Us! On...
Facebook Follow Icarus Films on Twitter YouTube
Copyright (c) 2016, Icarus Films
Last Updated August 17, 2015
Privacy Policy