Thursday, November 3rd: ‘Rewind’: A Musical Meditation on South Africa’s Democratic Transition (American Premiere Screening)

Tishman Auditorium at The New School (66 W. 12th St., Manhattan)

In its effort to ensure a peaceful transition to democracy, South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) heard the testimony of 21,000 victims and 7,000 perpetrators. To mark the TRC’s tenth anniversary in 2004, composer Philip Miller (Yizo Yizo, Heartlines, Kentridge’s Nine Drawings for Projection and Noyce’s Catch a Fire) created Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony.

This extraordinary composition is explored in Rewind, South African filmmaker Liza Key’s poetic documentary about the creation of Miller’s cantata and the TRC hearings upon which it is based. Rewind uses Miller’s composition as a vehicle to tell the human stories behind the shards of TRC testimony integrated into Miller’s work.