Movies for Thinking about South Africa

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Red Dust (2004)
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Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who was arrested along with him and never heard from again. (110 mins.)
Director: Tom Hooper
“ The process of Truth and Reconciliation, not as easy as one might hope. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Invictus (2009)
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Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup. (134 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ This one's obvious, but full of hope. ” - RRHowell41
 
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Mandela (1987 TV Movie)
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Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) become South Africa's first Black President, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leadership in negotiating a bloodless revolution in that country. (135 mins.)
Director: Philip Saville
 
4.
Cry Freedom (1987)
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South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko. (157 mins.)
“ A journalist gets to know Steve Biko and has his whole life changed. ” - RRHowell41