This Is National Wake

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Directed by Mirissa Neff
Duration 66’ | English with Portuguese subtitles

This Is National Wake traces the wild rise of a multiracial South African rock band, dubbed "the band that defied apartheid" by The Guardian, whose members risked everything to taste freedom. This debut feature, steeped in previously unseen footage of an anti-racist counterculture that few know existed, reveals a band whose music and memories offer a profound meditation on how history is lived through art and in our minds.

Mirissa Neff is an African-American first-time filmmaker with a rich background in journalism and photography. Her work centres around themes of race, music, and the power of images to help people imagine new collective futures. She has worked as a producer and correspondent for PBS, National Geographic, and has reported for various public radio programmes.

Production Country, Year USA, 2022
Produced by Near Odessa Productions
Co-produced by XTR
Producers Mirissa Neff, Joshua Jelly-Schapiro
Executive Producers Kweku Mandela, Kathryn Everett, Bryn Mooser
Directors of Photography Philip Bell, Nadine Kadey, Robin Muir Sound Tom Paul
Mixed by Tom Paul
Editors Doug Lenox, Mirissa Neff

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