Phela-ndaba (End of the Dialogue)

Phela-ndaba is one of the first documentaries about the early days of Apartheid in South Africa and was shot clandestinely by a group of black South Africans exiled to London. It highlights the plight of Blacks and Asians under this relentless regime via black-and-white archive stills and colour video footage of black townships.
by Members of the Pan Africanist Congress South Africa 1970 English 45’ Black/White & Colour Documentary form


Director Members of the Pan Africanist Congress

Produced by

Morena Films

Members of the Pan Africanist Congress

In 1970, members of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) formed a film collective with film students from London and made the documentary Phela-ndaba about the effects of apartheid in South Africa. Because of the severity of the legal situation there, they shot the film in secret and smuggled it out of the country in order to finish it in the UK. The members of the collective were Antonia Caccia, Chris Curling, Simon Louvish, Nelson 'Nana' Mahomo, Vus Make and Rakhetla Tsehlana.

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2020