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HISTORY CHANNEL CELEBRATES AFRICA (article first published : 2005-01-26)

For the first time since its launch a year ago, The History Channel (Channel 68 on DStv) will broadcast programming from Africa in the first week of February 2005. The four documentaries, which were created in South Africa are; The Life & Times of Sara Baartman, Cape Town - Tales of a Colour'd City, Ernest Cole and The Gugulethu Seven.

Take a look at South Africa's painful Apartheid past at these times and dates:

The Life & Times of Sara Baartman will be shown on February 1 at 20h30, It was the beginning of the century; she was a young woman coming from far away. She's been both a servant and a great attraction! She's been both a Venus and an exotic freak and she's been both a woman and ape. How could the same person play so many different roles? Her name was Sara Baartman and this is her story.

Directed by Thulani Mokoena, Cape Town - Tales of a Colour'd City on February 2 at 20h30, is a captivating documentary which focuses on the social history of Cape Town under Dutch and British rule. It traces the changing character of the city and portrays the varied lives and experiences of its inhabitants, black and white, rich and poor, slave and free, Christian and Muslim. The documentary charts the growth of Cape Town over six centuries ending with the ANC-led National government.

Ernest Cole will be shown on February 3 at 20h30. His images of the 50ís and 60ís era are a timeless testimony to the injustices of a society where one group systematically dehumanises another. Ernest Cole was the first photojournalist to expose to the world the stark realities of life under the Apartheid regime ... but the price he paid was high, a life in exile and an untimely, lonely death away from home.

Directed by Lindy Wilson, The Guguletu Seven on February 5 at 20h30 is a chilling account of the death of seven young men and the truth that lay hidden behind it all. At 5am on March 3, 1986, police surround an intersection in a Cape township. They believe that terrorists will attack a police bus at 7.25 am. The bus passes safely but the terrorists are sighted and, in as many minutes, seven young men are shot dead.




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