South Africa! October 2012

Reading & Viewing List



                                   South Africa!

Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, Capetown and Sabi Sabi Safari Camp. Our presentations will probe into Creativity, Psychology and the relationships between artists’ psychodynamics and the art they create. Our Itinerary: October 20, 2012: Johannesburg, The 5 star Westcliff Hotel. October 21, 22: Victoria Falls Hotel. Enjoy our welcoming dinner, a sunset cruise and be thrilled by this magnificent site. October 23-29: Capetown, The 5-star Table Bay Hotel on the waterfront is one of Africa’s finest. It is a short walk to fine restaurants, shops, galleries and boutiques. Capetown activities include: City tour, Table Mountain and South Africa Museum.   The next day we’ll travel to the Cape Winelands for lunch, tours and tastings. Another day excursion will be to Peninsula Cape to see the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the African penguin colony and the Cape of Good Hope. October 29-Nov.1: The Sabi Sabi Safari Camp,one of the premier Safari camps with daily open Land Rover & walking safaris – Close enough to experience a thrilling encounter with Africa’s beautiful “Big 5”! Optional: Jewish Heritage Tour; Freedom Tour to Robbens Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. November 1 Return home.

Our Program: Jazz & Imprisonment In South Africa & America: Two Journeys to Truth and Reconciliation.  Rusti & Steve Moffic, MD Creativity and Imitation: How Picasso, Matisse & others “Borrowed” Images from African Art         Barry Panter, MD In Search of Happiness in Primitive Cultures Randy Bjork, MD Miriam Makeba: From Apartheid & Oppression to Freedom & Opportunity Jacqueline Berz Panter MA, MS

The Psychology of Success: Oprah Winfrey’s Schools for Girls in Africa Sharon Delgado, MA, RN Sacred Desire: Growing in Compassionate Living. Sally Severino, MD Paul Simon’s Graceland-African Concert: The Triumph of Creativity over Depression                               Marlene Paley Winter, PhD. Grief, Metamorphosis and Transcendence.                 Ann Thiele, PhD The Lion-Myth, Symbol and Story: Activating the Lion Within                               Marilyn Stolzman, PhD, MFT.

please let us know if you are interested in being a speaker.

Websites for our hotels  (Please be patient….may take a moment to download.) Johannesburg – The Westcliff Hotel  Deluxe Rooms Victoria Falls Hotel  Deluxe rooms The Table Bay Hotel Sabi Sabi Safari Camp Capetown: The Highlights of the Half day City Tour: Signal Hill provides a spectacular vantage point of the city from this hill situated to the West of Cape Town. Scenic Coastal Drive through Clifton and Sea Point which are premier beaches, Table Mountain and The South Africa Museum, and Company Gardens: Peaceful gardens set in the colourful hustle and bustle of Cape Town Greenmarket Square – a Vibrant arts and crafts market echoing the melting pot of local cultures                       The Table Bay Hotel   Full day tour of the Cape Peninsula, including Cape Point and the funicular, the Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach, Seal Island and the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The Cape Peninsula – on the Southwestern tip of the African continent – is unquestionably one of the most beautiful places in the world. Long considered the Gateway to Africa, Cape Town and its environs offer the tourist an almost limitless choice of activities amidst a scenic garden that is without parallel anywhere in the world. Sabi Sabi Bush Lodge  (all meals, snacks and safari activities included) Deep in the African bushveld, within South Africa’s famous Sabi Sabi Game Reserve, ‘something enchanting lies in wait’ – the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. This award winning private game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine. Sabi Sands -Bush Lodge  Early morning and afternoon safaris in open Landrovers. Discussion session after breakfast. Farewell dinner in the boma.     Included: Welcoming and farewell dinners, all breakfasts, all meals at the safari camp, transfers to and from airports and hotels, city tours with guides, lecture/presentations (18 hours of Continuing Education).Tips and gratuities Not included: Air fare to and from the US and intra Africa, passport and visa fees, personal expenses (e.g. laundry, room service and other expenses charged to the rooms.  There is no visa requirement for US citizens entering South Africa. There is for Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls). The cost is $30 which can be paid as you enter Zimbabwe. The cost is $8350 + air per person sharing a room. Single supplement is $2400. The cost of airfare NY-Johannesburg and return and all of the intra-Africa flights included is $2350 per person. To obtain this, please call Paul at The Travel Station in Encino, CA 1 800 990 2282 Travel Insurance can be obtained as a member of this group. The cost per person for $10,000 of insurance is $495. (half the price of this amount of insurance if you bought it individually). We urge you, beseech you, implore you to obtain this insurance, as there will be no refunds of deposits or other funds paid to The American Institute of Medical Education for this conference. If you would like to register please contact us. The deposit of $750 per person is non-refundable. If you would like a single room please call us for more information. We strongly suggest that you obtain travel insurance to protect your deposit and the total of your investment in travel. You can obtain this from Paul at The Travel Station 800 990 2282 or at other places. You will find them by searching for travel insurance. Payment & Cancellation Policies: 25% of The Balance is due February 5th. The remaining balance is due July 6th.

Cancellation fees
upon booking = $750 per person 
89-60 days prior = 35% of land cost
59-30 days prior = 50% of land cost
29-7  days prior = 80% of land cost
6-0 days prior 100% of land costs; 

Accreditation: The American Institute of Medical Education is accredited by the The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AIMED designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  AIMED also is approved for Social Workers, MFT’s, Counselors, RN’s & others. Please call if you need more information.
APA: The program is co-sponsored by The American Institute of Medical Education and Wisdom Wave of Santa Fe. Wisdom Wave is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wisdom Wave maintains responsibility for this program and its content.. Please contact us for more information: 800 348 8441 ,   or     We hope you will join us for this exciting adventure.                                      Jacqueline & Barry Panter

We reserve the right to make changes. We are not responsible for injury, accident, illness, death, or other untoward events. Partipants may be required to leave the group at the discretion of the leader and the expense of the participant depending on the circumstances.

Reading/Viewing List for S. Africa – 2012


Long Walk to Freedom – Nelson Mandela (there is an abbreviated version, which is also very good)

Cape Town Calling: From Mandela to Theronx on the Mother City – edited by Justin Fox

Rainbow Diary: A Journey in the New South Africa – John Malathronas


All the National Geographic documentaries on Southern African Wildlife are very good!


Africa: The Serengeti 1994  James Earl Jones narrates

African Cats 2011

Wild Africa Cats  1994

Film: (available on Netflix, iTunes, and other digital services)

 Out of Africa (1985)


If you are planning an East African safari and you want to get in the mood, this is a good movie to watch. The scenery is spectacular, the acting is great and it’s very romantic. This movie has proved to be one of Kenya’s most effective marketing tools.


The Last King of Scotland (2006)

A movie about a young doctor working in Uganda who finds himself unwittingly picked as the personal physician to one of the world’s most brutal dictators, Idi Amin. Forest Whitaker won an Oscar for his incredible performance.

The movie was filmed on location in Uganda so if you’re planning to travel in that part of Africa, it’s worth watching just to get a feel of the countryside. Uganda is now at peace and Idi Amin and his equally brutal successor, Milton Obote, are distant memories


Red Dust (2004)

It was not just the handing over of power from a white regime to a black democratically elected government that set South Africa apart; it was the jaw-dropping Truth and Reconciliation Commission that saw secret police and guerillas ‘fess up, voluntarily. This movie tells the story behind some of those stories. Raw action, just like the red dust of the title is the backdrop. The story of South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant who returns to her homeland to represent a former political prisoner – is played by Hillary Swank.

Cry, the Beloved Country (1995)

Adapted from the award-wining novel, the story of a black, country parish priest who is summoned to Johannesburg where he learns his son is in jail for the murder of young white man. The action is about the priest and the murdered man’s white racist father. The book starts “There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it.” But it is the inner journey taken by these two men is the heart of the film

Cry Freedom

Made in 1987, Cry Freedom was based on the best-selling book by South African newspaper editor Donald Woods and told the story of his attempts to uncover the truth of what happened to Steven Biko and Woods own subsequent escape from South Africa. Directed by Richard Attenborough, it starred Kevin Kline and Denzel Washington. With South Africa still firmly in the grip of apartheid at the time, Zimbabwe stood in as the location, with filming taking place in Harare. It was nominated for three Oscars and numerous other awards.


First staged as a musical at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre, Sarafina! was the brainchild of Mbongeni Ngema, who wrote the book, music, lyrics and even directed the show. An unlikely  musical, it told the story of the Soweto uprisings of June 1976. The play transferred to Broadway on 28 January, 1988. The film, made in 1992, starred Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo, who also won a Tony award for the Broadway version.


Released in 1964, Total Film magazine readers nominated Zulu the 37th greatest Hollywood movie of all time, while British TV viewers rated it no 8 in their top 100 Greatest War Movies. It retells the epic battle of Rorke’s Drift, at which a handful of 150 British soldiers fought off 4,000 Zulu warriors. It was shot more or less on location in Kwazulu-Natal, although the Drakensberg Mountains were rearranged, closer to the battlefield to make it more picturesque!
 A prequel, Zulu Dawn, about the battle of Isandlwana, was made by Cy Endfield in 1979.

A Dry White Season

Set during the 1976 Soweto Uprisings and based on a novel by André Brink, this hard-hitting film followed the conversion to the cause of a white teacher, Ben du Toit, who came to under- stand the effects of apartheid. As he follows through on a personal crusade, the journey exacts a terrible toll on his family life. Zimbabwe once again stood in for South Africa, where it was impossible to shoot films that tackled apartheid issues.

Catch a Fire

This follows the story of the apartheid struggle from the armed insurrection of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the military wing of the ANC in the 1960s right up to the reconciliation at the end of the apartheid era through the story of a young black man who unwittingly gets caught up in the struggle and the policeman who arrests him. The real Patrick Chamusso, on whom the film is based, appears as a walk-on, while writer Shawn Slovo’s parents, leaders of the South African Communist Party and famous anti-apartheid activists, Joe Slovo and Ruth First, also appear. Her sister, Robyn Slovo, plays her mother in the movie. The film was shot in South Africa, Mozambique and Swaziland.

The African Queen

Of course one of the all time great movies that has anything to do with Africa is a 1951 adventure film adapted from the 1935 novel of the same name by C. S. Forester.

On Flora and Fauna:

Behaviour Guide to African Mammals – Richard Estes

Newman’s Birds of Southern Africa – Ken Newman

Field Guide to the Mammals of Southern Africa – C. & T.  Stuart

Field Guide to Snakes and other Reptiles of Southern Africa – Bill Branch

The Kingdon Field Guide to African Mammals – Jonathan Kingdon

Wildlife of Southern Africa, A Field Guide – Vincent Carruthers

Photographic Guide to the Trees of Southern Africa – Braam van Wyk

National Parks and Other Wild Places of Southern Africa – Nigel Dennis

Pocket Guide to the Night Skies of southern Africa – Peter Mack



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