Island

United States, 1981

Film
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From a description of what it is like for black prisoners in the South African gaol ‘The Island’, the unreasonableness of apartheid is shown. It was also here that Nelson Mandela was held captive for many years. The film examines the role of language (as an expression of the penal code, social convention, metaphysics) in political repression and challenges the viewer with an unconventional combination of first-person oral history accounts, music, still images and computer graphics.

Credits

co-director

David Goldberg

Michael Oblowitz

Duration

00:16:40:00

Production places
United States
Production dates
1981

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

32971

Language

English

Subject categories

Crime, Espionage, Justice, Police & Prisons → Prisons

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - United States

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Apartheid - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Blacks - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political persecution

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political prisoners - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Race discrimination

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Race relations

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Social conditions

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Repression (Psychology)

History → Apartheid - South Africa

History → South Africa - History

Short films

Short films → Short films - United States

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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