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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. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Powers
    90
    Hirsch edits segments together to merge disparate voices, showing how for this movement, music was no universal language -- it was specific, pointed, and almost paranormal in its power.
  4. Reviewed by: Alan Morrison
    80
    If your anti-Apartheid musical knowledge only goes as far as The Specials’ Free Nelson Mandela, this is a toe-tapping, thought-provoking education.
  5. 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.
  6. There are lots of lively tunes in an excellent cause, but in the end you wish you'd either probed more deeply into historical events or heard more uninterrupted minutes of inspired performing.

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