Video — 1 videodisc (72 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in. Video: PAL. Digital: video file.DVD video.
"The Black Christ documentary film tells the story of a courageous Cape Town artist, Ronald Harrison. In 1962, at the age of 22, Harrison created an imposing 2.2 by 1.3 metre oil painting depicting Christ as a black man, using the likeness of ANC leader at the time, Chief Albert Luthuli. Harrison portrayed the two Roman centurions crucifying Christ with the features of apartheid Prime Minister, Hendrik Verwoerd and his Minister of Police, B.J Vorster. The painting was Harrison's way of expressing his abhorrence of the apartheid regime and served as his key contribution to the political struggle for liberation and democracy. Harrison's non-violent means of protest was most effective - it registered the political contestation in South Africa through religious metaphor, which invigorated the South African liberation struggle by highlighting the contradiction imbued in the notion of a racist Christian state to the rest of the world."--Film website, viewed January 16, 2019.