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Across The Water: Journey to Robben Island
Produced by: Gemma Hooley
South African President Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison on Robben Island. Now the prison is closed and the island has become a museum, a fast growing tourist attraction in the new South Africa. Former political prisoners work alongside their former jailers as the new keepers of the island's history. It is perhaps one of the most tangible symbols of South Africa's miraculous transformation from apartheid to a multi-party democracy. But what about the personal transformations of those who continue to work on the island? Hear from some of the former prison wardens who continue to live and work there.

Program Credits

Across the Water: Journey to Robben Island is a SOUNDPRINT classic produced by Gemma Hooley and Susan Davis, with field recording by Robin Wise. Selections from Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Long Walk to Freedom were read by Daniel noo-WEP-pi. Special thanks to Silvana Dantu and the Robben Island Museum.

Resources

Links:
Robben Island Museum
This is the official website for the Robben Island Museum.

Robben Island
This websites provides general information about Robbens Island.

Nelson Mandela: The Long Walk to Freedom
This website features an excerpt about Robbens Island from Nelson Mandela's autobiography.

Books:
Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela
by: Nelson Mandela 1995
Nelson Mandela started this book while imprisoned on Robbens Island.

Robben Island and Prisoner Resistance to Apartheid
by: Fran Lisa Lisa Buntman, Fran Buntman 2003
This book examines Robbens Island as a place where those being punished for political resistance found ways to continue their work in prison.

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