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The son of a priest slain by the Mau Mau moves in with a police officer and his wife in 1950 Kenya. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Edwin Mahinda ... Mwangi

Bob Peck ... John Graham

Phyllis Logan ... Janet Graham
Nicholas Charles ... Mugo
Ronald Pirie ... Edward Graham

Robert Urquhart ... D.C. McKinnon
Kirsten Hughes ... Mary McKinnon

Edward Judd ... Dick Luis
Nathan Dambuza Mdledle ... Mzee, Mawangi's Father
Ann Wanjuga ... Mwangi's Mother
Job Seda ... Kamau
Leo Wringer ... Sergeant Stephen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ayub Ogada ... Kamau
Paul Onsongo ... Thenge Oath giver

Directed by
Harry Hook 
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Produced by
Yoram Globus .... executive producer
Menahem Golan .... executive producer
Ann Skinner .... producer
Original Music by
John E. Keane  (as John Keane)
Cinematography by
Roger Deakins (director of photography)
Casting by
Anne Henderson 
Meja Mwangi 
Production Design by
Jamie Leonard 
Costume Design by
Barbara Kidd 
Makeup Department
Freda Hart .... hairdresser
Sarah Monzani .... makeup artist
Maureen Stephenson .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ted Morley .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Guy Travers .... first assistant director
Andrew Wood .... second assistant director
Art Department
Lulu Archer .... assistant art director
Paul Duff .... chargehand carpenter
Robin Hollister .... construction
Tim Youngman .... property master
Sound Department
Neil Castell .... assistant sound editor
Jupiter Sen .... sound editor
Hugh Strain .... sound re-recordist
David Vroegindeweij .... boom operator (as David Vroegindewey)
Christian Wangler .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Digby Milner .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Broome .... camera grip
David Bryant .... focus puller
Kevin Edland .... electrician
Simon Ffrench .... focus puller: second unit
John Higgins .... gaffer electrician
Peter Murphy .... still photographer
Charles Patey .... camera operator: second unit
Simon Reeves .... focus puller
Ronnie Fox Rogers .... camera operator (as Ronnie Fox-Rogers)
Paul Slatter .... electrician
Ali Asad .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sophia Ali Abdi .... wardrobe
Elizabeth Ryrie .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Chris Peppe .... assistant editor
Tom Priestley .... supervising editor
Adrian Trent .... assistant editor
Liz Webber .... assistant editor
Location Management
Job Seda .... location manager
Music Department
Dick Lewzey .... music mixer
Tommy Reilly .... musician: harmonica
Transportation Department
Brian Hathaway .... transportation
Other crew
Con Cremins .... production accountant
Cathy Doubleday .... secretary to producers
Wendy Ellerker .... assistant accountant
Jackie Johnston .... production assistant
Stephen Masters .... title designer
Angus More Gordon .... production runner
Anne Olivecrona .... animal handler (as Ann Olivrecrona)
Katy Radford .... production coordinator
Lissa Ruben .... continuity
Monty Ruben .... contact: Nairobi
Rolf Schmid .... catering
Crew believed to be complete

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Brazil:95 min | USA:96 min
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Insightful portrait of childhood, colonialism and bloody rebellion, 19 November 2012
Author: martys-7 from United States

A houseboy befriends his white master's son in 1950s Kenya while marauding rebels plan murder and mayhem.

The brilliance of this movie is how it manages to tell a story involving children whose innocence and purity will be compromised by the imploding colonial world, white colonialists living a comfortable yet deluded life by exploiting native Kenyans, and murderous rebels whose raging savagery will not spare innocent lives.

Poignant, deep, unflinching, well-acted, perfectly photographed, this is a minor masterpiece not to be easily forgotten. Its story may be a footnote yet it presents the elements that fueled African rebellion and shaped the future politics of sub-Saharan nations. A must see.

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