Velo, Rapido | This is about a few different things.
Anne recommends Control Room and Gunner Palace for some good Iraq war context. I am trying to build up my list of movies to see and taking suggestions. They don’t have to be about Iraq or about war or even educational (though the only other movie on my list right now, Whale Rider is also a documentary [it is not a documentary, check. Thanks maggie]), they just have to be worth watching.
For bonus points, I am also looking for reading for my upcoming trip to Cape Town. I just finished Hugh Masekela’s autobiography, Still Grazing, which made me realize that I know very little about the history of apartheid. Once upon a time, I knew a lot about it, and I need to find some books that will help me think about South Africa all over again.
I never saw Long Night’s Journey into Day, the 1999 documentary about the South African Truth and Reconcilliation Commission, which might be a good place to start. I was overwhelmed by Cry Freedom when I was 14, I wonder what I would think of it today.