Independent Lens "Behind the Rainbow" on WXXI-TV

Independent Lens "Behind the Rainbow" on WXXI-TV

Tue, 02/23/2010 - 10:00pm

Pictured: Thabo Mbeki (left) and Jacob Zuma.

Credit: Rashid Lombard

“Behind the Rainbow” is a previously untold account of South Africa's political struggles along the road to democracy.

Over two tumultuous decades, South Africa has finally arrived on its own bumpy road to democracy. With the 2009 presidential election looming as a historical turning point, “Behind the Rainbow” is a previously untold account of the country’s political problems, struggles and realities. Independent Lens "Behind the Rainbow" airs Tuesday, February 23 at 10 p.m. on WXXI-TV (DT21.1/cable 1011 and 11). Encore presentations Wednesday, February 24 at 8:30a.m., 2:30p.m. and 7:30p.m., and Sunday, February 28 at 12p.m. on PBS World (cable 524/DT21.2).

Throughout the year, PBS invites viewers to explore the vast contributions of African Americans. In honor and celebration of Black History Month, February 2010, PBS presents new and encore programs, beginning in January and continuing through February.

Encompassing the full spectrum of film — from history to drama to animation to shorts to social-issue films — this anthology series allows audiences greater access to powerful and innovative programs united by the creative freedom, artistic achievement and unflinching visions of their independent producers. Maggie Gyllenhaal hosts.