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Ordinary People

A Mail & Guardian Television Production
Produced by Harriet Gavshon

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Each episode of ORDINARY PEOPLE chronicles an event in South Africa through the eyes of three or four "ordinary" people. Some events are large in scope, others less momentous, but through these individuals of diverse backgrounds and dissimilar points of view, each program provides insight into the collective South African conscience and the problems confronting a fragile and evolving new society.

Titles in the ORDINARY PEOPLE series:



  • The Accused



  • The Audition



  • The Bureaucrats











  • Hunters



  • If Truth Be Told







  • The Maiden Speech





  • The Mass



  • Mommy's Prize



  • The Night Shift



  • One Night Stand



  • The Other Side







  • Sakkie Sakkie, Not Toyi Toyi



  • School Days





  • Sexy Friday



  • The Shift





  • Surfing Home



  • Think Dog!





  • The Trial



  • Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday



  • Vic's Last Show



  • A Wedding Video



For information on the complete series, please inquire, or visit the Ordinary People website at

Please inquire about series prices.

Each episode (except where noted):
27 minutes / color
Sale/video: $190
Rental/video: $50

"No staging, no setups: just the heartening reality of Ordinary People doing their best... Extraordinary, as clean as a scalpel's cut, and every bit as incisive."—Basckin, Sunday Tribune (Durban)

"An astonishing chronicle."—Roy Christie, The Star (Johannesburg)

"This is what television is all about."—John Scott, Cape Times (Cape Town)

"Recommended for academic libraries seeking to expand their collections on South African history or culture, or black studies."—Video Rating Guide for Libraries

Release: 1996
Copyright: 94/5

Subject areas:
Africa, Anthropology, Media Studies, Multi-Cultural Studies, Sociology, South Africa

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