December 05, 2011 06:00 ET

"Have You Heard From Johannesburg," the Definitive Five-Part Series on the Global Anti-Apartheid Movement, Premieres on "Independent Lens" in January 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Dec 5, 2011) - Filmed throughout the world over the course of more than 10 years, Have You Heard From Johannesburg is the definitive cinematic history of the worldwide effort to end South African apartheid. The five-part documentary series features astonishing archival footage and interviews with dozens of the major players in the movement, yet it belies the ordinary long-form documentary experience. Tension-filled, heartrending, and ultimately thrilling, Have You Heard From Johannesburg offers to a new generation the complete tour of an unprecedented global movement that forever changed a nation and the world.

From acclaimed filmmaker Connie Field, this epic five-hour, five-film history will provide viewers with a detailed account of the anti-apartheid fight. But perhaps more importantly, it showcases the power of a global movement for justice, and reminds us all that the fate of even the most entrenched powers can be forever altered by committed men and women around the world.

Have You Heard From Johannesburg will premiere on the Emmy® Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens, hosted by Mary Louise Parker, on Thursdays, January 12 and 19 from 9-11 PM, and Thursday, January 26, 2012 from 10 -11 PM (check local listings).

To learn more about the film and the issues it covers, listen to music from the movement, and explore an interactive timeline visit the companion website at

Have You Heard From Johannesburg Episodes:
"Road To Resistance" - Thursday, January 12,
2012 at 9 PM
"The New Generation" - Thursday, January 12, 2012 at 10 PM
"From Selma to Soweto" - Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 9 PM
"The Bottom Line" - Thursday, January 19, 2012 at 10 PM
"Free At Last" - Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 10 PM

About the Filmmaker
Connie Field (Producer/Director/Writer)
has worked on numerous dramatic and documentary films as well as independently producing her own work. Her feature documentary Freedom on My Mind (1994) is a history of the civil rights movement in Mississippi. It was nominated for an Academy Award®, and won dozens of awards including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. She was a director on Forever Activists (1990 Academy Award® nominee) and she produced, directed, and edited the feature documentary The Life and Times of Rosie the Riveter (1981).

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