Behind the Rainbow

Directed by Jihan El-Tahri
Produced by Steven Markovitz & Jihan El-Tahri
138 min
France, South Africa



Will power consume the dream?

Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organisation into South Africa's ruling party, through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent cadres, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. Exiled under Apartheid they were brothers in arms, under Mandela they loyally laboured to build a non-racial state, now they are bitter rivals. Their duel threatens to tear apart the ANC and the country, as the poor desperately seek hope in change and the elite fight for the spoils of victory.

Behind the Rainbow features key interviews with ANC current and former leaders including Jacob Zuma, Kgalema Motlanthe, Pallo Jordan, Thabo Mbeki and Terror Lekota.


Second prize, FESPACO Film Festival in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 2008


Currently not for distribution in South Africa