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Long Night's Journey into Day

Africa, South Africa, History, Human Rights, Politics, Academy Award, Government, Social Justice
Deborah Hoffmann
94 minutes


*Academy Award Nominee for Documentary Feature*
*Independent Spirit Award Nomination*
*Director's Guild of America Nomination for Best Documentary*
*National Emmy Award Nomination*
*Grand Jury Prize Award Sundance Film Festival
*Winner of the Peace Prize Berlin Film Festival
*Berliner Zeitung Reader's Jury Prize Berlin Film Festival
* Critics' Prize for Best International Documentary Hot Docs Film Festival

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Frances Reid and Deborah Hoffmann reveal the raw soul of a society in their extraordinary documentary about South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). After the end of apartheid's 40-year reign, South Africa was thrown into ethical turmoil when those who enforced its violent rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. In answer to these furious and conflicting desires, Bishop Desmond Tutu advocated a means of restoring the country's damaged soul by telling and bearing witness to the truth, rather than turning to the sword for retribution. Hundreds of cases are filed to the TRC for review; LONG NIGHT'S JOURNEY follows four dramatically different cases that came before the commission over the course of two and a half years. Broadcast premiere was on HBO in 2001.



Deborah Hoffman

Deborah Hoffman has worked in the San Francisco Bay Area as a film and video editor for over 25 years, editing numerous internationally acclaimed documentaries. For her work on The Times Of Harvey Milk, she received a National Emmy, and the film received an Academy Award. Other documentaries she has edited include Marlon Riggs' Peabody Award-winning Color Adjustment, National Emmy winners Ethnic Notions and Men Who Molest, and Academy Award winner Common Threads, in which she was one of three editors. With her partner Frances Reid, Deborah directed Long Night's Journey Into Day: South Africa's Search For Truth And Reconciliation. This feature documentary won the Grand Jury Award at Sundance and received an Oscar nomination as well as 20 other international awards.


"Astonishing!" -Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times

"... poignant, shocking, poetic and always intelligent. But most important, the film's profoundly human depiction of the traumatic scars left by apartheid makes it required viewing for anyone who cares about what it means to be human." -Stan Schwartz, Time Out New York

"Extraordinary." –Oprah Winfrey

"A revelation... Wrenchingly exposes the devastation that apartheid caused." -Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times

"OUTSTANDING... a wrenching look at the reconciliation process in South Africa after apartheid." –Janet Maslin, "Roger Ebert at the Movies"

"the film reaches a level of poetic transcendence.... uncommonly moving" - Wesley Morris SF Examiner

"Long Night's Journey ... contains some of the most powerful testimonials about the apartheid era you're ever likely to see. ...inspirational..." -Jeffrey Winter, San Francisco Bay Times

"...riveting and unforgettable..." -Laura Learmonth, Seattle Weekly

"... so overwhelmingly moving it will likely never leave you." Grade A -Kim Moran, The Oregonin

Third best film of 2000 (all films). –Jan Stuart, Newsday

Best documentary of 2000 –Gerald Peary, The Boston Phoenix

Best documentary of 2000 –Amy Taubin, Village Voice


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