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Say Brother
Response from South Africa, A
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Say Brother is WGBH's longest running public affairs television program by, for and about African Americans, and is now known as Basic Black. Since its inception in 1968, Say Brother has featured the voices of both locally and nationally known African American artists, athletes, performers, politicians, professionals, and writers including: Muhammad Ali, Maya Angelou, Thomas Atkins, Amiri Baraka, Doris Bunte, Julian Bond, Stokely Carmichael, Louis Farrakhan, Nikki Giovanni, Odetta Gordon, Henry Hampton, Benjamin Hooks, Jesse Jackson, Hubie Jones, Mel King, Eartha Kitt, Elma Lewis, Haki Madhubuti, Wallace D. Muhammad, Charles Ogletree, Babatunde Olatunji, Byron Rushing, Owusu Sadaukai, and Sonia Sanchez. Series release date: 7/15/1968

Program Description

Host Barbara Barrow and South African filmmaker Joe (Johannes) Manong talk about the relationship between South Africa and the United States, and the controversial issues that develop as a result of the fine line between politics and arts in both countries. Manong discusses his new film "The Last Jesus" and responds to Barrow's questions regarding how he escaped from South Africa and eventually came to the United States, how he become a filmmaker, his affiliation with, and production work for, the film "Come Back, Africa," the role of Blacks in filmmaking in South Africa, how he funds his films, his belief that Black films are not a risky venture in the United States, the problems he has faced releasing "The Last Jesus," and the potential response of Blacks to the religious implications the film posits. Program includes stills from the film.

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Last Jesus, The (Motion picture)
Blacks in the motion picture industry
Manong, Johannes
Apartheid--South Africa
South Africa in motion pictures
Come Back, Africa (Motion picture)
Civil rights
Race and Ethnicity
White, Conrad (Director)
Barbara Barrow (Producer)
Morton, Wil (Audio)
Clarke, Brian (Assistant To The Producer)
Norton, Chas (Lighting Director)
Kane, Pat (Videotape Editor)
Mahard, Fran (Scenic Design)
Hill, Rebecca (Fashion Consultant)
Stewart, Aubrey (Video)
Tsiang, Kaisan (Assistant Cameraman)
Portilla, Alfred (Assistant Cameraman)
Wareham, Skip (Stage Manager)
Smith, Kathy (Switcher)
Kramer, Sharon (Graphic Designer)
Smith, Lee (Camera)
Barrow-Murray, Barbara (Host)
Koppel, Tiit (Lighting Assistant)
Merhar, Milan (Videotape Recordist)
MacKnight, John (Videotape Editor)
Cross, June (Production Assistant)
Berg, Patricia (Assistant Cameraman)
Holden, Dick (Camera)
Chicago: “Say Brother; Response from South Africa, A,” 10/01/1976, GBH Archives, accessed January 27, 2022,
MLA: “Say Brother; Response from South Africa, A.” 10/01/1976. GBH Archives. Web. January 27, 2022. <>.
APA: Say Brother; Response from South Africa, A. Boston, MA: GBH Archives. Retrieved from
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