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  • Summary: Amandla! tells the story of black South African freedom music and reveals the central role it played in the long battle against apartheid. (Artisan Entertainment)
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  1. Told with such sadness and exaltation, such mastery of image and sound, that watching it makes you feel renewed and hopeful.
  2. The film they have put together is dense with sound and information, but it moves with a swift, lilting rhythm that is of a piece with the musical heritage it explores.
  3. 90
    In Amandla!, history doesn't just come alive--it sings, dances, and issues a passionate plea for justice and equality. The film joyously celebrates music as both a means to an end and an end unto itself.
  4. Reviewed by: Philip Kennicott
    80
    Viewers will leave Amandla! moved by the music, impressed by the musicians and dubious about the possibility of political and social healing.
  5. The value of Amandla! is that the film helps the rest of the world understand, both with our ears and minds, where South Africans have come from.
  6. The songs of the South African freedom fighters were a literal call to arms. The music succeeded -- magnificently. The movie, on the other hand, is only so-so.
  7. Reviewed by: Bill White
    50
    Most successful as a tribute to the martyrs of the anti-apartheid struggle. It fails, however, as a well-reasoned documentary on the subject of the relationship of music to social change.

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