Road To Ingwavuma
With Deborah Santana, Samuel L. Jackson & LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder, Jurnee Smollett and Artists for a New South Africa
A film by Barbara Rick
Narrator & Executive Producer Deborah Santana
In October 2006, American legends of music, stage and screen and their families journeyed into the heart of post-apartheid South Africa to join forces with some of the most economically challenged people in the world; to be of service. ROAD TO INGWAVUMA (ing-wah-VOOM-ah), the latest documentary from Peabody and Emmy winning filmmaker Barbara Rick, is an exploration of South Africa’s triumphs and struggles since the fall of apartheid through the eyes of this remarkable delegation.
ROAD TO INGWAVUMA chronicles a memorable seven-day trip by members of Artists for a New South Africa (ANSA) through Cape Town, Johannesburg, and KwaZulu-Natal. It is a trek of stark contrasts: magnificent natural beauty, devastating living conditions, and the privilege and price of celebrity. The film features encounters with former President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and other heroes in the fight against apartheid, AIDS and poverty.
Spearheaded by ANSA’s Executive Director Sharon Gelman, the inspiration for the trip was a desire by those who have long fought for the cause of freedom in South Africa to explore how they might better combat the devastation of HIV/AIDS and apartheid’s raw legacies of poetry and deprivation. The trip also provided the travelers an opportunity to witness how the programs and policies they champion at home are impacting thousands of children and families on the ground – families fractured by the rampaging HIV/AIDS pandemic.