If the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand in 1981 had been halted from the outset, the impact on the hearts and minds of South Africans would not have been as profound. The original point of difference of this Leanne Pooley-directed film is to show how events in NZ (captured in Merata Mita's documentary Patu!) played out in South Africa; how the tour protests energized blacks, and shamed whites, and provoked overdue democratic change. Archbishop Desmond Tutu: "You really can't even compute its value, it said the world has not forgotten us, we are not alone."
When Nigeria (and 24 other African countries) boycotted the 1978 Commonwealth Games in protest at New Zealand's sporting links with Apartheid-era South Africa, critics loudly proclaimed that sport and politics should not mix. The Government of New ...
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