Long Night`s Journey into Day

Direction
Year 
2000
Country
  • United States
Runtime
94min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As a compromise, the Truth & Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was formed. As it investigates the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brings together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hopes to pave the way to a peaceful future.

This film follows several TRC cases over a two-year period. The stories underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal. A white Special Forces officer, deeply remorseful for the crimes he committed, struggles to reach peace with the embittered wife of a black activist he killed 14 years ago. A group of mothers, after enduring years of misinformation and denials by the authorities, learns the truth about how their sons were set up, betrayed, and killed in a vicious police conspiracy. A young black activist comes to recognize the anguish he caused by killing a white California student during a mob riot, while her parents see past their pain to embrace a new, multi-racial South Africa. As it emerges from its tragedy, South Africa is showing the rest of the world that even the most bitter of conflicts can be addressed through honesty and communication.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Long Night`s Journey into Day
  • Direction
  • Runtime
    94 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    2000
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • IRIS Films
      • United States
  • Awards
    • Sundance 2000
    • GRAND JURY AWARD
    • Berlin Film Festival 2000
    • PEACE FILM PRIZE
    • BERLINER ZEITUNG READER'S JURY PRIZE
    • San Francisco International Film Festival 2000
    • GOLDEN SPIRE AWARD
    • Hot Docs 2000
    • CRITICS' PRIZE FOR
    • BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
    • Jerusalem Film Festival 2000
    • IN THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM AWARD
    • Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2000
    • AWARD OF ECUMENICAL JURY (Special Mention)
    • Taos Talking Pictures Film Festival 2000
    • LAND GRANT FINALIST
    • Newport International Film Festival 2000
    • AUDIENCE AWARD FOR BEST DOCUMENTARY
    • DOCUMENTARY JURY AWARD
    • Newport Beach Film Festival 2000
    • SPECIAL JURY AWARD
    • Munich Documentary Festival 2000
    • MUNICH PLANET VIEWERS PRIZE
    • Sydney Film Festival 2000
    • AUDIENCE AWARD
    • Saint Louis International Film Festival 2000
    • INTERFAITH AWARD
    • Academy Award Nomination 2001
    • DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
    • Independent Spirit Award Nomination, 2001
    • One World Broadcasting Trust 2001
    • INTERNATIONAL PREMIER AWARD
    • International Human Rights Film Festival 2001
    • FILM AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
    • Amnesty International Film Festival Award Nomination, 2001
    • International Human Rights Film Festival, Nuremberg 2001
    • BEST FILM
    • Columbus International Film Festival 2001
    • CHRIS AWARD
    • Director's Guild of America Nomination 2002
    • BEST DOCUMENTARY
    • National Emmy Award Nomination 2002
    • Council on Foundations 2003
    • HENRY HAMPTON AWARD

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