Past Event

20 Years of Democracy in South Africa

Despite the fact that this year marks 20 years of democracy in South Africa, the anti-apartheid struggle is not over. This event is designed to not only reflect on these 20 years of democracy, but also to increase awareness of the ongoing injustices in South Africa.

This event will feature a screening of the film, Sifuna Okwethu, which details one family’s fight to regain their stolen land. Following the screening, director and law professor Bernadette Atuahene, the South African Ambassador to the US Ebrahim Rasool, organizer and advocate Prexy Nesbitt, and Northwestern journalism professor Douglass Foster will discuss the film and Atuahene’s upcoming book, We Want What’s Ours: Learning from South Africa’s Land Restitution Program.

This event is free and open to the public.
However, registration is required and can be made online.



The event is co-sponsored by the Illinois Humanities Council, IIT Chicago-Kent School of Law, American Bar Foundation (ABF), and Documentaries to Inspire Social Change (DISC) as part of The Collaborative City, a program of the Illinois Humanities Council, in partnership with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE).



If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580 at least 72 hours prior to the event. For parking locations near the facility, please visit