Fiche Film
MOYEN Métrage | 1970
Fin du dialogue (La)
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 44 minutes
Genre : politique
Type : documentaire


END OF THE DIALOGUE est un film incontournable qui fut l’un des premiers à révéler au monde l’horreur de l’apartheid dans toutes ses dimensions. Réalisé en 1970, le film ne compte pas seulement pour avoir dressé le portrait de l’apartheid, mais aussi comme révélateur de la compréhension des gens sur l’Afrique Sud en train de changer. Produit par un petit groupe de Sud Africains Noirs vivant à Londres, exilés et étudiants en cinéma, il a provoqué un grand débat à sa sortie. Plus de 30 après les images et faits choquent toujours. A ce moment là, les Sud Africains Blancs disposaient du second plus haut niveau de vie au monde, pendant que dans certains parties du pays l’espérance de vie des Noirs était de 34 ans, avec 50 pourcent de jeunes enfants noirs qui mourraient avant d’atteindre l’âge de cinq ans. 87 pourcent des terres étaient réservés aux Blancs, et les terres les plus pauvres devant fournir aux Noirs de quoi survivre.

Réalisateurs : Antonia Caccia, Simon Louvish & Nana Mahomo
1970, 47 minutes, vidéo.


End of the Dialogue
Two London-based activist film students, Antonia Caccia and Simon Louvish, took the remarkable step of ingratiating themselves with a touring British drama group that traveled to South Africa to perform, amongst other things, The MARAT/SADE in the townships. Ostensibly there simply to film the tour, Caccia and Louvish (along with their associate Nana Mahomo, an exiled Pan Africanist in London) in fact had another agenda: to bear witness for the outside world to the horrors of apartheid. When the film was eventually scheduled to air on British television, the South African government went to great lengths to ban the screening, but succeeded only in drawing more attention to the film and its revelations.

END OF THE DIALOGUE is a landmark film that was one of the first to reveal the full horrors of apartheid to the world. Made in 1970, the film is valuable not only as a record of apartheid, but also as a record of how people’s understanding of South Africa was then changing. Produced by a small group of black South African exiles and film students based in London, it caused an uproar when it was originally released. More than 30 years after the images and facts still shock. At that time, white South Africans enjoyed the world’s second highest standard of living, while in some parts of the country black life expectancy was 34 years, with 50 percent of black children dying before their fifth birthday. 87 percent of the country’s land was reserved for whites, with the least desirable tracts set aside for black self-sufficiency.
The film features stark visual contrasts between the prep schools, military parades and rugby matches of the white minority, and the bare classrooms, torn clothes and back-breaking working conditions of the blacks who make the minority’s lives of luxury possible.
A powerful contemporaneous record of the apartheid years, watching END OF THE DIALOGUE today, one can’t help but be struck by how remarkable South Africa’s transition to democracy has been.

Directors: Antonia Caccia, Simon Louvish & Nana Mahomo
1974, 47 minutes, video.

« It is a grim catalogue, but irrefutably accurate, set out without slant or emotion; as in Resnais’ « Night and Fog », it is the absence of emotion which generates it. An eloquent, angry testament to what apartheid means for the people who are obliged to live with it. »-Monthly Film Bulletin

« Agonizingly well done…ammunition to be used in the fight for more freedom and equality. »-Daily Mirror (South Africa)

« Documents with hard objectivity the workings of apartheid. It should be seen: it is so inconceivable, that we so easily put out of our minds how one race can exploit another, not only without ordinary humanity, but also without any foresight for the future that must one day come. »
-Financial Times (London)


✮ 2011 – Anthology Film Archives (New York) – April 2011

✮ 2003 African Studies Association Conference Film Festival

✮ 1971 Emmy Award

✮ Golden Dove Award, 1970 Leipzig Film Festival

✮ 1970 Golden Squirrel Award, Netherlands Film Institute

✮ Inter-Film Jury Prize, 1970 Oberhausen Film Festival (Germany)

✮ 1970 Catholic Film Workers Prize
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