Bush War: Grensoorlog, Volume 1 (Documentary film Series)
This 26 part documentary series is a powerful revelation of a secret war – the SOUTH AFRICAN BUSH WAR. The Bush war lasted from 1966 until 1989, making it one of Africa's longest conflicts. The Bush War was fought in Northern Namibia (former South West Africa), and also in Southern Angola - so-called 'Operational Area' or 'Border'. For the first time ever – we reveal previously censored military footage which unashamedly tells the story of the true events of South Africa's Secret Bush War. This series packs a powerful punch providing an intimate, sometimes shocking, yet balanced glimpse of an important era in Africa's history.
GRENSOORLOG constitutes a literal unburdening for those whose voices have been silenced for so long. The viewer is taken on a journey that moves through a bloody November 1975 (Angolan Independence) and culminates into the Cuban military victory over South African Defence Force at Cuito Cuanavale (1988). GRENOORLOG offers new perspectives on the Border War through paradigms of diplomatic and military history and cultural studies. Those interviewed have challenged the boundaries, broken the silences and even tackled some of the taboos about the war.
GRENSOORLOG firmly places the issues of TRUTH & RECONCILIATION back onto the Southern African political agenda and at the centre of popular imagination.
Linda De Jager. www.grensoorlog.com