Behind the Rainbow

Director: Jihan El-Tahri
Country: South Africa, Egypt and France
Year: 2009
Running Time: 120 min.
Language: English

Behind the Rainbow explores the transition of the ANC from a liberation organization into South Africa’s ruling party through the evolution of the relationship between two of its most prominent figures, Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma. The film features interviews with key ANC figures, including both Zuma and Mbeki.

About the Director

Jihan El-Tahri

Biography: Jihan El-Tahri is an Egyptian writer, director, and producer. After receiving a degree in political science from the American University in Cairo, she worked as a news correspondent for British and American newspapers, covering the Middle East and Africa. In 1990, El-Tahri began directing and producing documentaries for French television and international broadcasters. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, including the award-winning film Behind the Rainbow. She also produced and directed the acclaimed documentary Cuba: An African Odyssey and the Emmy-nominated House of Saud. Jihan’s other accomplishments include being a member of the Executive Bureau of FEPACI (Federation of Pan-African Cinema) and the Secretary General of the Guild of African filmmakers in the Diaspora.

(Sources:
http://jihaneltahri.com/
Through African Eyes – Conversations with the Directors – Volume 2, BONETTI Mahen and SEAG Morgan (Editors), 2010, African Film Festival, Inc. and Printinfo JV LLC, Yerevan, Armenia, p.113)

Films Shown in AFF, Inc. Programs:
Cuba: An African Odyssey (2008);
Behind the Rainbow (2009);
Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs (2016).

Filmography:
Heaven Can Wait (Date unknown);
Terrorism (Date unknown);
Arafat: Behind the Myth (Date unknown);
The Fundamental Question (Date unknown);
Do they Feel My Shadow (Date unknown);
Le Jour de drapeau (Date unknown);
Enfance enchaînée (Date unknown);
Le Coran et la Kalashnikov (1990-94);
Voleurs d’organes (1990-94);
The Spiral Tribe: Rave Parties in UK (1990-94);
Abortion in Ireland (1990-94);
Algérie: la vie malgré tout (1990-94);
Holidays in Hell (1995-98);
Israel and the Arabs (1995-98);
L’Afrique en morceaux: la tragédie des grands lacs (1998);
54 heures d’angoisse (2000);
Histoire d’un suicide: Pierre Bérégovoy (2001);
Viewpoints on AIDS (2002);
The Price of Aid (2003);
House of Saud (2005);
Cuba: An African Odyssey (2006);
Behind the Rainbow (2009);
Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs (2014).