OBERLIN - INANDA
The Life And Times Of John L. Dube
"This film's message is relevant to contemporary South African society, both young and old, and at many levels: educational, historical, social and political."
- Prof. Thandabantu Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor,
Univ. of Cape Town
Shot in Oberlin (Ohio) and in Inanda (Kwazulu Natal province, South Africa), this 55-minute documentary film features the life and work of John Langalibalele Dube (1871-1946) pioneer educator, journalist, musician, churchman and politician who co-founded the African National Congress in 1912 and served as its first President until 1917. "Oberlin – Inanda" connects Dube's American education with his struggle for political and economic independence and celebrates his enduring legacy in today's democratic South Africa. This film is a tribute to the township of Inanda, the place which nurtured not only John Dube but also Mahatma Gandhi and his Satyagraha movement in the early 1900s and other movements for social justice in South Africa.