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Last Saturday, on a beautiful summer afternoon, nearly 1,000 people came together to the Crest Theatre to see the showing of Abby Ginzberg’s new documentary film And Then They Came for Us. The film tells the story of 120,000 Japanese Americans who were thrown into prison internment camps during World War II. Their crime? They were the same nationality as the people of the country we were warring against. READ ARTICLE HERE

SF Chronicle: A portrait of 1960s college activism



Filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Frank Dawson never knew each other when they were students at Cornell, even though they were part of the same struggle. In April 1969, when black students occupied the university’s Willard Straight Hall during parents’ weekend to protest racism on campus and the lack of ethnic studies in the curriculum, Dawson was among the students inside, while Ginzberg was among the white supporters outside. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

SF Chronicle: Film illuminates little-known antiapartheid hero



We know so much about apartheid, the brutal South African policy of racial “separateness” that was imposed by the white Afrikaan minority in 1948 and came to an end in 1994 only after the loss of thousands of lives. And yet we only know a few of the heroes in the story of apartheid’s end — Nelson Mandela, of course, Steven Biko, perhaps Walter Sisulu. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

Hollywood Reporter: Albie Sachs, South African Anti-Apartheid Activist, Discusses Peabody-Winning Doc on His Life (Q&A)



The 80-year-old freedom fighter tells THR, "It's putting a structure on what seemed to be a totally adventitious, almost catastrophic invasion of my life. Now, through words, through language, through memory and through joy, I'm responding to it." READ FULL ARTICLE HERE

SF GATE: East Bay filmmaker’s powerful look at apartheid politics premieres at Jewish Film Festival


East Bay filmmaker Abby Ginzberg has won attention with her powerful focus on politics, law and justice issues — including her much-praised documentaries on California justices Thelton Henderson and Cruz Reynoso, and her recently Emmy-nominated “The Barber of Birmingham.”
Now, Ginzberg has turned her lens on another groundbreaking subject, Albie Sachs — the South African freedom fighter and scholar who became one of the lead forces behind South Africa’s landmark new Constitution, and who authored the landmark gay marriage decision that made South Africa the first in Africa to approve same sex marriage. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE