TRUE PATRIOT (2022)
New release from KEVIN HARRIS PRODUCTIONS: (2022)
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[82 minute documentary feature]
In South Africa & elsewhere very little is known about John Harris
– [no relation to the Producer / Director of this documentary] –
beyond the one-dimensional headline
“John Harris – the Johannesburg Station Bomber”.
There is an often-quoted proverb that says:
“The road to hell is paved with good intention”.
Indeed, there can be no greater tragedy than when good intention,
in fact – does “pave the way to hell”.
Between 1961 and 1989, 132 political prisoners were executed by hanging at Pretoria Central Gallows.
Many were young – Solomon Mahlangu – executed in 1979, was 22 years old when hanged.
All save one were black.
John Harris – hanged at age 27 – was the only white person to be executed for fighting apartheid.
Hanged on the 1st April 1965 – on death row – John Harris had one final request:
that “one day in a new and free South Africa, on his tombstone should be written: ‘John Harris – True Patriot’.
Written & Directed by Kevin Harris
Offline & Online Editor – Thabiso Motlhakoana
Final Mix – Mike Berridge
Archive Research Assistant – Xolani Nameko
Wardrobe – Sue Steele
Narrated by Gladys Sithole
Lynn Harris Ballen
[no relation to John Harris]
Kevin Harris Productions