When Voices Meet: One Divided Country; One United Choir; One Courageous Journey Sat sept 26 5.45pm
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When Voices Meet: One Divided Country; One United Choir; One Courageous Journey
86 min • Documentary, Drama, Music, History Nancy Sutton Smith Sharon Katz and Marylin Cohen USA, South AFrica
When Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison, South African musician and music therapist Sharon Katz joined with singer/educator Nonhlanhla Wanda to bring together 500 courageous Black and White youth and form a multiracial choir that would break through Apartheid’s barriers. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed and railroaded across the country aboard The Peace Train.
Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of a divided nation in the midst of a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new nation.
When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations and triumphs of those musician activists and young choir members. They performed together for seven years; never lost touch with one another; and then reunited 20 years later to tell their stories and reflect upon The Peace Train’s impact on South Africa today. It’s an inspiring global story of hope and determination despite tremendous obstacles.