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Title:Law and Freedom (Part 1 and Part 2)
Editor:Achmat, Zackie
Publisher:Idol Pictures
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:constitutional reform
constitutional courts
documentary films (form)
videos (form)
Abstract:Documentary film in two parts about the legal revolution brought about by the Constitutional Court after the end of apartheid in South Africa. Part one deals with the judgments concerning the abolition of the death penalty and the decriminalization of homosexuality. These judgements stand in contrast to the legal execution, harassment and persecution of apartheid era law. However, even under apartheid, law was at times a limit on power and so spaces arose in which people could use the law to contest the abuse of power. One key example explored in the film is that of Mr & Mrs Komani whose 1980 case was a key cause of the collapse of the hated Pass Laws. In Part two we meet people who have used the Constitution to build democracy and a better life for all. First, we meet Irene Grootboom whose struggle for housing culminated in a landmark ruling that is seen as crucial for the establishment of greater socioeconomic rights. In the Ngxuza case, we see how, even in the new democratic order, the abuse of power has to be challenged. The film also explores the case of the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC)'s battle for the use of antiretrovirals to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. [Abstract reproduced from dvd-video]