10 Films and Songs of the Anti-Apartheid Movement

Here’s a look at moments in pop culture that captured the fight for freedom in South Africa.

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela
Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela imdb.com

We gathered 10 moments in film and song that capture the essence of the anti-apartheid movement.

1. Invictus

The 2009 film starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon documents Nelson Mandela in his first term as president of South Africa as he enlists the national rugby team to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. Mandela’s embrace of the mostly white team set the example for reconciliation that was needed to help heal and unite the country.

2. The Special AKA, “Free Nelson Mandela”

The British band’s 1984 hit, “Free Nelson Mandela,” has been praised as one of the best protest songs of the era.

3. Cry Freedom

The 1987 drama stars Denzel Washington as South African activist Stephen Biko and Kevin Kline as journalist Donald Woods, who is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death of Biko, who died in police custody.