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Dawn, Cape Town, South Africa (02:32)


Archbishop Desmond Tutu says his ritual morning prayer with hope of unity for the people of South Africa.

Introduction: Tutu and the Rainbow Nation (01:42)

Nobel Peace Prize holder Archbishop Desmond Tutu was the first Black priest to become Archbishop of Cape Town who always saw the struggle against apartheid in spiritual terms. His busy day begins with exercise at Bishopscourt.

The Rainbow People (01:43)

For many years while Nelson Mandela was in Prison Desmond Tutu was the focus of hope for racial justice in South Africa. His idea of a Rainbow Nation embodies a vision of a democratic, free, and harmonious society.

8.00am MORNING EUCHARIST St. George's Cathedral, Cape Town (01:27)

At St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, Archbishop Desmond Tutu delivers prayers in Afrikaans, Xhosa, and English.

Hope for a Nation (01:32)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has confidence South Africa will succeed as model for unification of a multiracial nation.

Hostel, Langa Township (02:06)

At a hostel in Langa Township, ten minutes from Cape Town, two residents discuss their living conditions. Sylvia Ncebiwe Mdunyelwa and her band perform a song.

Quality of Life in South Africa (01:38)

The task facing the Rainbow Nation is immense. Homelessness, crime, unemployment, and truancy are some of the problems faced by South Africa.

Reconstruction and Development Program (02:45)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits a new community dental health clinic. It is a collaboration of the government, Cape Town University, and local people. These types programs are encouraged by the government as part of RDP.

Building a Nation (01:11)

An old film entitled "Building a Nation" gives an idea of the stories people were told that led to support of apartheid.

Developing a Whole Memory (01:17)

Journalist Antjie Krog discusses the importance making all the stories of South Africa known.

A Shift in Power (00:54)

When control of the Cape Colony passed from the Dutch East India Company to the British, thousands of Afrikaner went North in search of new land. They were deeply resentful of British interference with slavery.

Cecil Rhodes 1899 (00:59)

In 1899 Cecil Rhodes was instrumental in provoking the Anglo Boer War, which was fought to gain valuable territory and smash Afrikaner nationalism.

Afrikaner History (01:22)

Journalist Antjie Krog says that in addition to the history of apartheid, Afrikaners have a painful history rooted in the Anglo Boer war.

A New Government in 1948 (01:11)

The lingering resentment of the Afrikaner was expressed in the election of 1948. Many men involved in the new government had attended German universities and were greatly influenced by Nazi Doctrines.

2.00pm Interview with "Blue Peter" BBC Television (01:21)

In a BBC interview Archbishop Desmond Tutu describes his experience growing up in South Africa.

District Six Ruins, Cape Town (02:33)

One man recalls a time when children of all skin colors could play together in Cape Town, South Africa. By 1950 the Population Registration Act had classified everyone in South Africa according to Race.

Apartheid Described as Good Neighborliness (01:25)

In the early 1970s the colored population of Cape Town's District Six, an inner city area hit by poverty and crime but characterized by a sense of social cohesion, was moved to Lavender Hill displacing its 60,000 residents.

Psychological Affects of Apartheid (01:54)

Dr. Zuleiga Jaffer explains how apartheid has affected the minds of people in a way that keeps them from unifying. Her point is driven home in an interview with two Muslim women.

Self Identity and Unity (01:25)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu discusses the importance of self identity and explains it does not have to come at the expense of the identity at others.

Constitutional Assembly (02:36)

Officials from the Constitutional Assembly discuss the difficulty South Africa is having adapting to a democracy.

Creating a National Soul (02:11)

A professor of Religion and Society at the University of Cape Town compares the creation of the Constitution of South Africa with the similar constitutions of the United States and France.

4.00pm Cape Town Airport (02:04)

At Cape Town Airport Archbishop Desmond Tutu is preparing to reunite with Trevor Huddleston who was a spirited priest behind the anti-apartheid movement.

Trevor Huddleston (02:05)

Executive Deputy President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki introduces Trevor Huddleston. An old television clips shows Trevor Huddleston arguing against apartheid.

The Importance of Memory in South Africa (01:06)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu shares his views on what South Africa needs in order to heal from apartheid.

A Prayer for the Rainbow Nation (01:52)

A prayer spoken by Archbishop Desmond Tutu asks for courage and forgiveness in South Africa in order to allow its people to heal. One man speaks about the unnecessary deaths as a result of apartheid and the anti-apartheid movement

Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston: Part 1 (02:16)

A conversation between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston includes questions about salvation through suffering as well as dogma.

Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston: Part 2 (02:18)

In a conversation with Trevor Huddleston Archbishop Desmond Tutu uses Nelson Mandela as an example of how suffering can lead to positive change for humanity.

Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston: Part 3 (01:15)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston briefly discuss the new South Africa.

Evening at Tutu Home in Soweto (02:38)

Archbishop Desmond Tutu's busy day ends at home with his wife who shares her feelings about his hectic pace.

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Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Rainbow Nation

Part of the Series : Stories My Country Told Me: The Meaning of Nationhood
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"You’ll never be free until we are free," said Archbishop Desmond Tutu to the white citizens of South Africa—and thanks to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, blacks and whites alike are finally free to put down the burden of guilt and come together as one people. This program follows a busy day in the life of Nobel Laureate Tutu in 1996, which begins with a tour through his Cape Town diocese and ends with a trip to Johannesburg to greet his mentor, Trevor Huddleston, on his return to South Africa. Can post-apartheid reforms outpace the daunting challenges still facing the Rainbow Nation? (54 minutes)

Length: 55 minutes

Item#: BVL10085

Copyright date: ©1996

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