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Gavshon, Harriet

Works: 46 works in 90 publications in 2 languages and 822 library holdings
Genres: Documentary films  History  Biography  Nonfiction films  Drama  Television mini-series  Melodrama  Exhibition catalogs  Documentary television programs  Biographical films 
Roles: Producer, Author, Director
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Harriet Gavshon
The life and times of Sara Baartman : "The Hottentot Venus" by Zola Maseko( Visual )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in English and Creoles and Pidgins, French-based and held by 298 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A documentary film of the life a Khoikhoi woman who was taken from South Africa in 1810 and exhibited as a freak across Britain. The image and ideas for "The Hottentot Venus" (particularly the interest in her sexual anatomy) swept through British popular culture. A court battle waged by abolitionists to free her from her exhibitors failed. In 1814, a year before her death, she was taken to France and became the object of scientific research that formed the bedrock of European ideas about black female sexuality
State of denial by Elaine Epstein( Visual )

2 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

South Africa is the country with the highest number of HIV+ people in the world. "State of Denial" puts a human face on the millions affected by introducing us to six South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. By the year 2000, an estimated 4.2 million people in South Africa were infected with HIV; if present trends continue by 2010, 7 million will have died of the disease. State of Denial puts a human face behind the numbers by introducing us to a cross-section of South Africans involved with the AIDS epidemic. It shows how they must fight not only the disease but the greed of the drug cartels and the incomprehensible inactivity of their own government in order to get treatment. The film clearly blames President Thabo Mbeki and his administration for questioning the link between HIV and AIDS. Not only does his position prohibit the use of antiretroviral drugs, but adds to the confusion about how the disease is transmitted and about how to practice ?safe sex?. In 2000 he even arranged a special meeting of advisors and to which he invited ?denialists?, i.e. those who dispute that HIV causes AIDS, who used the meeting as a platform for their discredited views. There are those who contend that a reason for Mbeki?s stance is that developing a program to make antiretrovirals widely available to the large numbers needing them would drain scarce funds from his plans to fight poverty in post-apartheid South Africa and leave his country beholden to international monetary and pharmaceutical interests. Yet the loss of a generation in its prime due to this disease would hurt the reconstruction of South Africa as much as anything facing the new society. A remarkably successful movement, however, has grown up around this tragedy. The Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) opposed Mbeki?s stone-walling and pressured drug companies to cut the cost of antiretroviral drugs and medications treating opportunistic infections. We meet Zackie Achmat, HIV positive leader of the campaign, who refused to take life-saving drugs until they are available through the public health system to every South African who needs them. TAC?s activism forced Pfizer to drastically cut the cost of Diflucan which treats thrush, a common opportunistic infection among people with HIV. TAC has also gone to court and, over government objections, won the right of HIV positive pregnant women to use nevirapine to prevent passing on the disease to their children. Ordinary South Africans are also unobtrusively volunteering to help those with AIDS. Buyile, a retired nurse, runs a home-based healthcare program in the Kutsong township of Carletonville. She travels more than 3 hours by train each day to reach her patients. There is little she can do without the proper drugs, for patients like Elizabeth who dies during the making of the film. We are also introduced to Mary, the mother of two infected children both of whom have been lucky enough to qualify for antiretroviral trials and are doing better. She worries, however, about what will happen to them if she does not get treatment. Others are speaking out at great personal cost about their HIV status. In 1998 Gugu Dlamini was stoned to death by her neighbors when she announced that she had tested positive. Nonetheless Lucky Mazibuko writes a weekly column for the mass circulation Sowetan about life with AIDS. We hear from readers how Lucky?s column has opened their eyes to the reality of AIDS. The Zola Support Group provides a forum for people with HIV, especially young women, to discuss their own relationships, sexual practices and the use of condoms. State of Denial in essence argues that AIDS may well the greatest threat to South Africa since apartheid and, by extension, to the entire continent since colonialism and the slave trade. Neither profits nor politics can be placed before it. It will require the mobilization of the whole community, including the global community, to deal with this catastrophe. State of Denial is a disturbing yet inspiring tool for involving that community in the struggle against AIDS
Body & soul by M. Craig Barnes( Visual )

4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In South Africa millions of people are in desperate situations because of HIV and AIDS. This film looks at the attitudes of the three main religions (Christianity, Islam and African traditionalist) in South Africa through interviews with people who must interpret and practice religion in terms of the country's realities
The deadline by David Jammy( Visual )

3 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Filmed in the closing stages of the writing of South Africa's new constitution, The Deadline provides a unique and intimate look at the realpolitik of South Africa's negotiated settlement. Commissioned by the Constitutional Assembly to document this final stage in South Africa's transition, the film provides a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of the most historic and dramatic negotiated constitutional processes this century has seen"--Container
White City, black lives( Visual )

2 editions published in 1997 in Undetermined and held by 29 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Five residents of White City, a neighborhood in Soweto, South Africa, are given small cameras in which to tell the story of their lives providing a view of black urban life in South Africa
Tobias's bodies by Phillip V Tobias( Visual )

2 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Professor Phillip Tobias looks at human evolution and its relevance to human life in the 21st century
The peacemakers by Peace Corps (U.S.)( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looks at events in Vosloorus on Sharpeville Day, Mar. 21, 1993, through the actions of four people: Gertrude, an Inkatha peace monitor; Faith, her ANC counterpart; David, an organizer for the regional peace committee; and Clive, a policeman on duty that day. All work to keep violence between these conflicting factions at bay
Guilty( Visual )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Guilty looks at the issues of blame, fidelity, denial and guilt within the AIDS context. The moment features men and women from different backgrounds who share their most personal thoughts about courtship and sexual behaviour
Land affairs by Guy Spiller( Visual )

3 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hundreds of thousands of rural South Africans, displaced during the apartheid years, want land--land which white farmers now own. An important look at still unresolved tensions facing rural South Africa
Ordinary people( Visual )

4 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A day in Johannesburg's Ponte City, perhaps the tallest residential building in the southern hemisphere, which is home to thousands of immigrants from all over Africa. A beauty contest and Pentecostal church services are among the events covered
The moon in my pocket( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Wilton Mkwayi, a senior ANC guerrilla commander, was convicted of treason during the Rivonia Trial in 1966. For 20 years, he applied annually to the prison authorities for permission to marry his sweetheart, Irene Khumalo, but was denied permission each year."--Container
White girl in search of the party : the story of Pauline Podbrey and H.A. Naidoo( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1943, Pauline Podbrey fell in love with Communist Party and trade union hero, H.A. Naidoo. Told through the eyes of Pauline, now living in Cape Town, and with the testimony of their daughters and friends
Bubbles and me( Visual )

2 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The year was 1976. Bubbles, a model and part of the 'in crowd, ' was a black woman who was unafraid of apartheid and the times she lived in. Jannie was a white Afrikaans body builder who owned a gym in Johannesburg, and was a member of the Nationalist Party. Jannie fell madly in love with Bubbles - Bubbles fell in love with Jannie, 'in her own peculiar way.' [The film] tells the story of their fated relationship through the eyes of her daughter, Jackie Luthuli, and explores her journey of coming to terms with the mother she never knew."--Container
Hopeville( Visual )

2 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in South Africa, Amos is a reformed alcoholic on a mission to forge a relationship with his estranged son. When father and son arrive in the dusty town of Hopeville, they discover a mean little community where apathy, fear and suspicion are the order of the day. When Amos decides to restore the public swimming pool so that his son can purse a swimming career, he is met with skepticism and resistance from the town's authorities and its inhabitants. Through patience, determination and above all courage, Amos' selfless acts ripples through Hopeville, inspiring others to take action and to do what they know is right. Slowly but surely, good ripples through Hopeville, transforming the town and its inhabitants for good
iNumber number( Visual )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"After a smart and ambitious undercover cop ... decides it's his turn to cash in, he secretly joins a notorious heist gang. But when his loyalties are questioned, things take a much darker turn--while the suspense ratchets up relentlessly to an astonishing and bloody climax--Container
The tooth of the times( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shows the events surrounding the auction of the farm of Afrikaner Eddie Jacobs from the perspectives of Eddie and his family, his lifelong black worker Faan, and Rudy Nagel, the auctioneer
Ordinary people( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zone 12 in Sebokeng, a township outside Johannesburg and the scene of many arbitrary nighttime killings has the tense atmosphere of a war zone. Here an African National Congress affiliated "Self Defense Unit" keeps vigil while a South African Police "Internal Stability Unit" patrols and a housewife describes the measures residents must take to avoid violence
Make believe by Lois & Bram (Groupe musical) Sharon( Visual )

2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contrasts two simultaneous ceremonies taking place in neighboring South African towns, one held for the African National Congress (ANC) and the other for the Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB). The events are witnessed through the eyes of three children, one supporting the ANC, one the AWB and one taking neither side
Nothing for Mahala( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film is about a man, Axe Gumede, whose love for money comes at a high cost. It takes a critical look at our relationships with money and people
Ordinary people( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

On June 25, 1993, the white right wing Afrikaner Resistance Movement occupied the World Trade Centre in Johannesburg as another group representing a dispossessed black community came to picket against the loss of their land during apartheid. Events are shown through three participants: Rashni, a clerk inside the Centre; Leon, an Afrikaner farmer; and Patrick, a leader of the black demonstraters
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