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In 1979, South Africa’s fascist regime kept blacks and whites separate and unequal. But three young men — a white guitarist from Johannesburg’s Jewish side, and black Shangaan sibling musicians from Soweto — dared to launch National Wake. In a time and place where it was illegal for them to play or live together, their band and its fans fought back with music, smashing every law to rebel — and filmed themselves doing so in astonishing Super 8.

This is National Wake is a dreamlike immersion into a utopian journey, whose lasting lessons about imagining an anti-racist world resound as loudly today as this historic band’s rollicking sound.

  • Year
  • Runtime
    65 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    USA, South Africa
  • Premiere
    United States
  • Director
    Mirissa Neff
  • Producer
    Mirissa Neff, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
  • Co-Producer
    Nadine Kadey
  • Cinematographer
    Philip Bell, Nadine Kadey, Robin Muir
  • Editor
    Doug Lenox, Mirissa Neff