Documentary reconstructs the life of the Jewish revolutionary Eli Weinberg (1908-1982) who fled from his native Latvia in 1929 to evade anti-Semitism and rising fascism. Once arrived in South Africa he again met with racial inequality.
The Jewish revolutionary Eli Weinberg (1908-1982) fled from his native Latvia in 1929 to evade anti-Semitism and rising fascism. Once he had arrived in South Africa, Weinberg again met with racial inequality. `Albeit that in this case racism is not primarily directed against the Jewish minority, but against the black majority', as the voice-over puts it. The filmmaker rents Weinberg's former house and uses it as a base to reconstruct his life and motives from. Weinberg cleverly used his camouflage as a celebrated society photographer in a white suburb to fight apartheid by the backdoor. For example, many photos of Nelson Mandela that were printed on posters and such during his 27 years of imprisonment were made by Eli Weinberg. Mandela is introduced in the film, as are some of Weinberg's surviving relatives, brothers-in-arms and former activists.

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VPRO TV

Title: De donkere kamer van Eli Weinberg
Year: 2004
Duration : 52 minutes
Category: Short Documentary
Edition: NFF 2004

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