Still from A Common Purpose, by Mitzi Goldman
Reflecting the themes of the William Kentridge exhibition, human rights lawyer and activist Andrea Durbach presents a screening of A Common Purpose and a discussion of her experience of Apartheid.
A South African-born Sydney resident, Durbach is currently director of the Australian Human Rights Centre. A Common Purpose (77 mins, Australia, 2011), directed by Mitzi Goldman, is a documentary that follows Durbach as she returns to South Africa to meet her clients from the landmark Upington trial.
In 1985, when Apartheid was at its most violent, a black policeman was burnt to death. Twenty five people were convicted of his murder; fourteen were sentenced to hang. A Common Purpose recounts this dramatic battle for justice. As remembered by Durbach, Independent journalist John Carlin and the accused, the murder and the trial and the subsequent Truth and Reconciliation hearings are both revelatory and inspirational.
Following the screening will be a conversation with Durbach hosted by Indigenous consultant and proud Gunai man Jason Eades, who will also explore some of Australia's separatist practices of the past.