Hidden Histories – Bullhoek Massacre

Hidden Histories is a slate of documentaries in pre-production that Penguin films are producing for SABC 1.

The Bulhoek Massacre is a documentary in the Hidden Histories’s  slate of documentaries produced for SABC 1.  The series investigates historical occurrences or people of significance that may not be widely known:

Bullhoek Massacre: The Bulhoek massacre signifies a point when government  recognised the independent African churches as powerful organisations that could mobilise black people into action against political injustices. Bulhoek was the home of the charismatic leader of the Israelite Church, Enoch Mgijima, considered a Prophet by many of his followers. They banded together in the belief of imminent and total transformation promised by Mgijima through his visions. Enoch Mgijima’s most influential vision saw the Israelites waiting in Ntabelanga for the end of the world and the coming of the Lord; not knowing that they were awaiting death. To some, Enoch Mgijima was responsible for the death of the Israelites, while others consider him to have offered what people were most desperate for in a time of political oppression- hope.  Bullhoek Massacre was directed by Sphume Sibeko with Uwe Jansch as Director of Photography.

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  • LENGTH: 48 minutes
  • DIRECTOR: Sphumelele Sibeko
  • SEASONS: 1
  • YEAR: 2013