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About the Author
Trevor Noah, in Breaking Big (video 25 minutes)
Produced by PBS, 2018. Born and raised in South Africa, Trevor Noah used his mother’s influence to turn the painful stories from his life into a unique voice on the international comedy circuit. But how did his tumultuous upbringing land him in a position to fill Jon Stewart’s shoes on “The Daily Show,” one of the most sought-after jobs in all of late night television?
Born a Crime
Born a Crime by
Publication Date: 2016
Named one of the best books of the year by The New York Time, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, Esquire, Newsday, and Booklist.
Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother--his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love. -- from the publisher
The End of Apartheid in South Africa (ebook)
Publication Date: 2010
This online reference book provides background articles on the history and the end of apartheid including Mandela's release from prison, Dutch and British colonization, and the African National Congress.
From the Boer War to Apartheid (video, 26 minutes)
Season 3, Episode 3, Butterfly Effect, 2019.
August 5, 1962, South Africa—after several months on the run, the Black leader Nelson Mandela is arrested by the South African police and incarcerated in Robben Island, a fortress-like jail off Cape Town. He doesn’t know it at that time, but it is only the beginning of his penitential ordeal. Despite this imprisonment, he will quickly become the symbol of the fight against apartheid. A complex and terrifying system of racial August 5, 1962, South Africa—after several months on the run, the Black leader Nelson Mandela is arrested by the South African police and incarcerated in Robben Island, a fortress-like jail off Cape Town. He doesn’t know it at that time, but it is only the beginning of his penitential ordeal. Despite this imprisonment, he will quickly become the symbol of the fight against apartheid. A complex and terrifying system of racial segregation is hidden behind this word. Instituted from 1948 by the National Party, apartheid will plunge the country into a continuous climate of insecurity until the end of the 20th century.
South Africa - The Land of Hope (3 episodes, 52 minutes each)
Produced by ZDF, 2009.
Episode 1: The Colonists (1652 - 1795)
Episode 2: Race Wars (1795 – 1913)
Episode 3: Bright Freedom (1913 - 2010)
Apartheid - Oct. 1, 1985 (video, 23 minutes)
In this segment, filmed on October 1, 1985, a PBS NewsHour correspondent meets a man who lives in two worlds. By day Mtutuzela Matshoba is an executive in the white business world, at night confined by law to his all-black township. Original broadcast date: October 01, 1985