Othello and apartheid - for iPad/Mac/PC

Othello and apartheid - for iPad/Mac/PC

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Can a play written in the seventeenth century protest against contemporary issues? Is it possible to use a Shakespearian tragedy draw attention to political injustice? Apartheid was a system of enforced legal racial segregation in South Africa that was imposed on the country's majority non white inhabitants by the minority white population. In 1988 actress and director Janet Suzman took the decision to defy the racist apartheid regime by staging Othello in Johannesburg with a mixed cast of both white and black actors. In these three films we explore the way in which one of Shakespeare’s plays was used to make provocative statements on the political situation in South Africa the late eighties. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.
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Can a play written in the seventeenth century protest against contemporary issues? Is it possible to use a Shakespearian tragedy draw attention to political injustice? Apartheid was a system of enforced legal racial segregation in South Africa that was imposed on the country's majority non white inhabitants by the minority white population. In 1988 actress and director Janet Suzman took the decision to defy the racist apartheid regime by staging Othello in Johannesburg with a mixed cast of both white and black actors. In these three films we explore the way in which one of Shakespeare’s plays was used to make provocative statements on the political situation in South Africa the late eighties. This material forms part of The Open University course A230 Reading and studying literature.
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The play as a metaphor

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 15 secs

The play as a metaph...

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 15 secs

Othello

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 31 secs

Othello

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 31 secs

Breaking Racial Taboos

05 Oct 2011 | 06 mins 33 secs

Breaking Racial Tabo...

05 Oct 2011 | 06 mins 33 secs

The play as a metaphor

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 15 secs

The play as a metaph...

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 15 secs

Othello

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 31 secs

Othello

05 Oct 2011 | 02 mins 31 secs

Breaking Racial Taboos

05 Oct 2011 | 06 mins 33 secs

Breaking Racial Tabo...

05 Oct 2011 | 06 mins 33 secs