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Still from Martha Rosler’s South Africa: Crossing the River Without a Bridge (2016) (courtesy the artist and UnionDocs)

In 1990, not long after Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster Prison, the artist Martha Rosler arrived in South Africa to begin a teaching gig and work with community activists. She has been editing the video she shot during her time there ever since, revisiting it every decade or so, shaping it into a documentary about rampant housing injustice in South Africa.

The latest cut of the work-in-progress film, South Africa: Crossing the River Without a Bridge, is about an hour long. Rosler will be on hand at Thursday’s screening at UnionDocs to discuss her work, her experiences while filming in South Africa in 1990, and how much has changed (or hasn’t) in the years since.

When: Thursday, March 23, 7:30–10pm
Where: UnionDocs (322 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

More info here.

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