Archival Material

Over the course of the 1980’s and 1990’s, Doxa’s director, Craig Matthew, worked extensively as a professional news cameraman for a number of international news networks. Through these efforts Doxa Productions has built up an extensive collection of South African Heritage footage, relating particularly to Apartheid and the Liberation Struggle in South Africa. This material refers extensively to the unrest of the 1980’s, the ending of Apartheid and transition to a new government with the 1994 elections. The Doxa Liberation Struggle collection, capturing many pivotal moments in South Africa’s history, has since been awarded World Heritage status by UNESCO.

Highlights of the Doxa Liberation Struggle Archive include:

  • The release of Nelson Mandela from Victor Verster Prison.
  • The township violence that erupted in the mid 1980’s within informal settlements such as Crossroads, Gugulethu and Nyanga.
  • The unfolding of events around the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  • Interviews with with iconic figures such former Presidents Nelson Mandela, FW De Klerk and former Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Events around the Border War in Namibia and Angola

Doxa holds the the full tape logs for this collection, and much of the footage is currently publicly viewable on the Visual History Explorer online platform (

Through years of documentary filmmaking, archival restoration and digitisation, and in-depth research into South African heritage materials, Doxa has a deep knowledge of the South African heritage landscape, as well as the skills and equipment needed to ensure that this material is delivered to you at the best possible quality. This puts us in an ideal position to assist you in obtaining the best footage for your production.

 - View logs
 - Visual History Explorer