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CLIP 6204

South Africa’s Pass Laws

South Africa’s Pass Laws
Key Info
  • South Africa’s Pass Laws
  • Duration: 02:14
  • Passbooks are compared to the yellow stars worn by Jews in Nazi Germany. The ways in which the books controlled Africans are set out with great power and emotion, as are the reactions to this hated piece of bureaucracy. Footage taken from People's Century, 20 October 1996, and Sharpeville: A Model Township, 17 March 1990.
  • Subject:




  • Keywords: protest, pass laws, passbook, African National Congress, civil disobedience, Witness, Apartheid, black history, South Africa
Ideas for use in class
  • Ask students what the closest thing they experience today is to the passbook, and whether they can understand why it was hated so much.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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