26 April 2016

INVITATION: "Indians can't fly" #TRC20 screening & panel discussion

The Timol Family Trust, in conjunction with SAHA and Constitution Hill, will be hosting a screening of the documentary Indians Can't Fly in the Old Fort at Constitution Hill on the evening of Tuesday 3 May 2016.

Indians Can't Fly screening - 3 May 2016

This award winning documentary tells the story of Ahmed Timol, a 29-year-old Roodepoort teacher and anti-apartheid activist who fell from the 10th floor of the security police building in Johannesburg in 1971.

A police inquest concluded that Timol committed suicide while under interrogation, but questions remain whether he may have been pushed, or tortured to death and thrown from the window. It has been suggested that the roadblock at which Timol was captured was set up specifically to trap him – which could mean his murder was premeditated by police.

Nobody responsible for his capture and interrogation has ever been held accountable.

The documentary is narrated by Timol's nephew Imtiaz Ahmed Cajee, author of Timol: Quest for Justice

Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2016
Time: 17:30 for 18:00
Venue: The Old Fort (courtyard) at Constitution Hill, Braamfontein

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Imtiaz Cajee and advocate Howard Varney,  using the story of Ahmed Timol and his family's ongoing quest for justice to unpack some of  the contemporary ramifications of the unfinished business of the TRC in South Africa today.


This screening is part of a collaborative programme of free events, entitled “The Battle Against Forgetting”, taking place at Constitution Hill, Johannesburg, in April and May 2016 to mark 20 years since the first public hearings of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) on 15 April 1996, and to raise awareness around ongoing justice and accountability issues in relation to the unfinished business of the TRC.