Behind the rainbow (Will Power Consume the Dream?)

  • Behind the rainbow (Le pouvoir détruit -il le rêve ?)
Genre : Political
Type : Documentary
Original title : Jenseits Des Regenbogens [Germany] | Afrique du Sud : l'heure des bilans [ France, version télé] | Dietro l'arcobaleno [Italy] | Sydafrikas väg [Sweden] | Een kleurrijke worsteling - Achter de coulissen van het ANC [Hollande]
Principal country concerned : Column : Cinema/tv
Year of production : 2009
Format : Feature
Running time : 124 (in minutes)

Consacrato ai conflitti in seno all'ANC al potere in Sud Africa dopo la fine dell'apartheid, questo film rigoroso,completo e riccamente documentato, tratta della lotta fratricida tra Thabo Mbecki e Jacob Zuma, senza limitarsi all'analisi politica, ma studiando a fondo la psicologia dei personaggi. Ne emerge il carattere distruttivo del potere e soprattutto le minacce che pesano su un Paese la cui evoluzione è determinante per l'avvenire del continente africano.

Sudafrica / Egitto - 2000

Regia: Jihan El-Tahri
Sceneggiatura: Jihan El Tahri
Fotografia: Frank Lehmann
Montaggio: Gilles Bovon
Suono: Joe Dlamini
Musica: Nt Japedi, R.C.I. Kopzen
Formato: Video
Durata: 124 min.
Versione originale: Inglese
Produzione: Big World Cinema

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Fespaco 2009 (Secondo Premio Miglior Documentario)


Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally labored to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

Behind the Rainbow features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki and Terror Lekota.

Running time: 124 minutes

Production Companies: Big World Cinema, Big Sister

Written and Directed by
Jihan El-Tahri

Produced by
Steven Markovitz
Jihan El-Tahri

Director of Photography
Frank Lehmann

Gilles Bovon
Francesco Biagini

Benoit Juster and Platon Trakoshis

Sound Recordist
Joe Dlamini

Production Manager
Lesedi Moche

Production Manager (France)
Jennifer Sabbah

Archive Researcher
Nhlanhla Mthetwa

Production Coordinator
Mohau Memeza
Louise Egedal

Franny Rabkin

Mark Gevisser

Akin Omoloso (=Akin Omotoso)


"Dear Mister Government" by R.I.C

Camera Assistant
Ines Juster

Final Mix
Wilbert Schubel

Assistant Editor and Post Coordinator
Ravi Desai

Post Production Supervisor
Francesco Biagini

Online Editor
Duma Meleku

Alex May

Post Producers
Tracey Williams Lauren van Rensburg

Offline post production facilities
HD Hub

Online post production facilities

Nic Hofmeyr
Avusa Library
Tony Bensusan
Rashid Lombard
Big World Cinema
Zanele Mbeki
Rapitse Montsho
Mayibuye Centre
Concept Specialists
Siphiwe Nkwana
Curious Pictures
Parliament of the Republic of South Africa
Defence TV
Digital Film
SVT Archives
Fort Hare University


Executive Producer
Sally Jo Fifer

Vice President Programming
Claire Aguilar

Consulting Producer
Christi Collier


Commissioning Editor
Beathur Baker

General Manager: Content support
Kamscilla Naidoo

ZDF Arte

Commissioning Editor
Hans Robert Eisenhauer


Commissioning Editor
Axel Arnö

Funding provided by
Media Programme of the European Union

Produced in association with SBS, VPRO and Videolab

Behind the Rainbow is a co-production of Big World Cinema/Big Sister, ZDF, in collaboration with arte, SABC, SVT and ITVS International with funding provided by The Ford Foundation, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

This program was produced by Big World Cinema and Big Sister,
which are solely responsible for its content.

© All rights reserved Big World Cinema / Big Sister 2009

"A grand achievement"
- Pretoria News

"A must-see documentary"
- The Times

"A powerful and insightful documentary"
- The Star ****

"Intriguing, revealing must-see documentary... Brilliantly produced"
- Sunday World


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