“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.” –Nelson Mandela
As the news of Nelson Mandela’s critical condition circulated, video artist Eitan Meir Altman uploaded a haunting video, “Welcome to Apartheid Land 2013”, onto his YouTube page. To the soundtrack of anti-Apartheid song Welele Mandela, “Listen Mandela”, Altman’s jarring ‘e-paintings’, artistic photo-renditions of scenes from Israel’s occupation and Palestinians living under it, cross the screen in vivid colors.
“Welele Mandela” is an ANC Cultural Workers’ song, author unknown. It originated in the camps of the ANC during the 1980’s. It is a call from the workers for Mandela to lead the people.
Mandela, help to fight us
against farmers who despise us
Our freedom fighters are already on the road
We no longer sleep at home.
We sleep in the mountains, in the bitter cold.
Oh, what is this life best people?
Help, our people will perish!
Javelin calls you to battle,
farmers from killing our people.
Eitan Meir Altman has created an emotionally powerfully resistance video, one that will resonate until apartheid gasps its final breath.