When Voices Meet

Non-USA, Documentary | 86 min | 2015 | HD | South Africa

Festivals & Awards

Philadelphia Film Festival: Winner of the Audience Award

Ft. Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival: Winner of the President’s Award

World Music & Independent Film Festival: Winner of Best Documentary, Best Director and Best Original Soundtrack

Toronto’s Global Community Film Festival: Winner of Making A Difference Award

Jersey City Int’l TV & Film Festival: Winner of Best Documentary

Waimea Ocean Film Festival, Hawaii: Winner of Best Film, Inspiration

Route 66 Film Festival: Winner of Notable Documentary
St. Louis International Film Festival

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival
Durban International Film Festival in South Africa

Cast & Credits

Sharon Katz John Kani (The Ghost and the Darkness) Abigail Kubeka (Wild At Heart) Guest Appearance by Joni Mitchell (Love Actually)

Produced, Edited & Directed by Nancy Sutton Smith Executive Producer: Marilyn Cohen Music by Sharon Katz


One Divided Country. One United Choir. One Courageous Journey.

They said it couldn’t – and shouldn’t – be done. South Africa was in flames from political violence, and the racist apartheid government was holding the reins of power. But when South African musician and music therapist Sharon Katz joined with singer and educator Nonhlanhla Wanda to form a 500-voice multiracial choir and break through apartheid’s barriers, there was no turning back. Thousands lined the streets around Durban City Hall in 1993 to attend the original “When Voices Meet” concert. Threatened with bombs and thwarted at every turn, they prevailed and railroaded across the country aboard The Peace Train. Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of the divided country in the midst of a civil war, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new nation.

What has occurred in the past & present South Africa is depicted in this compelling, joyful and award-winning documentary. When Voices Meet documents the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of these musical activists. Their determination in the face of tremendous obstacles should be an inspiration to us all.