This Is National Wake

This is National Wake traces the rise and fall of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid,” whose members risked everything to taste freedom.

Four members of a South African punk band
Funding Initiative
Diversity Development Fund
Filmmaker Mirissa Neff
Producer/Director

Mirissa Neff

Mirissa Neff is an African-American first-time filmmaker with a rich background in photography and public broadcast journalism. Her work centers around themes of race, music, and the power of images to help people imagine new collective futures. This Is National Wake (2022) is her debut documentary.

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The Film

This is National Wake traces the rise and fall of a multiracial South African punk band, dubbed “the band that defied apartheid,” whose members risked everything to taste freedom.

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