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Directors: Dugald MacDonald and Tatjana Meirelles

There are countless stories about everyday people who took a stand against apartheid in their own spaces, and Blindside tells the story of some of them.

The documentary re-emphasises that no single individual or organisation can be credited with the fall of apartheid, but small actions from South Africans from all walks of life played their part.

Blindside looks back at how a group of students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) used their privileged positions to take on the unjust system.

They interrupted a high-profile rugby match in protest against the National Party government, an action that was unheard of in South Africa during those days.

While protests at sporting events overseas against apartheid were common, it was unusual for them to happen within the borders of our country – let alone on a rugby field.

Jenefer Shute, who was a student leader

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