Documentary: We never give up
Released in November 2002, 71 mins

This documentary is a tapestry of stories told by 11 Western Cape Khulumani Support Group members who are survivors of violence under apartheid. The stories represent the harsh experiences of thousands of ordinary South Africans who participated in or who were excluded from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

We Never Give Up is used as an educational resource by educators from many disciplines globally.

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Film Festivals with Q & A
  • June/July 2003: Dhow International Film Festival, Zanzibar
  • March 2003: Belfast Film Festival, Northern Ireland
  • September 2003: Three Continents Film Festival, Johannesburg and Cape Town
  • October 2003: Durban International Film Festival
  • Human Rights Film Festival, Botswana
  • July 2003: National Arts Festival, Grahamstown
  • August 2003: New Lodge Community Festival, Northern Ireland
  • April 2004: Ditshwanelo Human Rights Film Festival, Botswana
International Screenings with Q & A
  • November 2002: South African Premiere, Baxter Theatre, Cape Town
  • October 2002: London School of Economics
  • October 2002: Royal Holliway University of London
  • October 2002: University of Conneticut
  • October 2002: Syracuse University, New York
  • October 2002: Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service, New York
  • October 2002: Goldsmiths University, Queen Mary College, London
  • November 2006: Memory, Narrative and Forgiveness International Conference, UCT, Cape Town
  • May 2009: City Screen, York
Broadcastings
  • January 2004: Community Channel, UK
  • Northern Lights, Northern Ireland
  • 2008, 2009: Community Television, Cape Town
Special Projects

2003: SACOD Forum

2003-2004: Suitcase Project, Out in Africa Film Festival Outreach Programme

2004: Relatives for Justice, an NGO based in Belfast were moved by Mrs Truter's testimony in We Never Give Up, and committed themselves to fundraise for Christopher's tombstone. With additional fundraising in Cape Town the tombstone was unveiled on Human Rights Day 2004. See Special Events page for more detail.


Documentary: We never give up II
Currently in production, to be released in 2010

In June 2009, Cahal McLaughlin who directed We never give up, was invited to return to South Africa to film We never give up II. The nine surviving subjects in We never give up were interviewed seven years later and the daughters of Mrs Truter and Skolweni Dyantyi were interviewed. Cahal is the cameraman and director, the HRMC conducted the interviews and is the producer in collaboration with Khulumani Support Group, Western Cape. The Rosa Luxumborg Foundation committed funds to this documentary film project and the University of Ulster has contributed substantially. Fundraising is ongoing.

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Awards

In 2006 the HRMC was awarded by the Western Cape Arts Culture Heritage, Library and Archives services award for Human Rights awareness.