Berkeley’s conventions are well established, including it being a place where people fight for social justice in distant, obscure parts of the world.

Adding to that list, it turns out that Berkeley is also a place where people make movies about fights for social justice in distant, obscure parts of the world.

Berkeley-based documentarian Connie Field has received two Academy Award nominations for her documentaries. For the past 10 years, she has been working on a six-part series on apartheid titled “Have You Heard From Johannesburg?

Last night, the first installment, titled “Apartheid and the Club of the West,” opened at the Roxie Cinema in San Francisco.

According to The Chronicle, there’s more connection to Berkeley than the fact that the filmmaker and the film studio are located here.

“Club of the West” retells the story of how U.S. sanctions and student protests led to the downfall of an unjust system. The film will dredge up feelings of nostalgia for anyone who can recall a time when raging in the college quad or marching in the streets actually helped sway U.S. foreign policy–a time when the White House was forced to acquiesce to the demands of the people.

At least this trip down memory lane looks less contrived than the movie Berkeley.

Have You Heard From Johannesburg?: Apartheid and the Club of the West (2006) [New York Times]
Focus is on apartheid in ‘Have You Heard From Johannesburg?’ [SF Gate]