This study guide accompanies Facing the Truth with Bill Moyers, an extraordinary documentary about the efforts of South Africans to deal with their past, specifically the years of apartheid.
The film focuses on the stories of some of the individuals who testified before the nation's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), established in 1995 to investigate gross violations of human rights in South Africa and beyond its borders between 1960 and 1994.
This guide seeks to help teachers and students explore questions such as:
- How does the past shape our identity as individuals and as citizens of a nation?
- How important is truth telling?
- What price do individuals and nations pay when they deny their history, trivialize it, or distort it beyond recognition?
- How does a nation come together after acknowledging past wrongs?