THE FREEDOM CHARTER
street art set to video by Rowan Pybus & Faith47
Characterized by its opening demand - “The People Shall Govern!” , the original Freedom Charter was a statement of core principles of the South African Congress Alliance, created in 1955. The Charter was created from words collected by fifty thousand volunteers, who went out into townships and the countryside to collect ‘freedom demands’ from the people. Ratified by The People, and designed to give all South Africans equal rights, the Freedom Charter was denounced and buried when the ANC was banned. The original Freedom Charter couldn’t be killed by apartheid however, and it has re-emerged within the revolutionary underground of South Africa in various guises since that time. This video showcases the work of talented female South African street artist Faith47, and includes some of the original demands 0f the Charter such as “Land to be given to all landless people”, “Living wages and shorter hours of work”, “Free and compulsory education, irrespective of colour, race or nationality”.