A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Molly Roth
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Gus Roth
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Diana Roth
Nadine Chalmers ...
Yvonne Abelson
Maria Pilar ...
Spanish Dance Teacher
Kate Fitzpatrick ...
June Abelson
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Harold
Phyllis Naidoo ...
Sareda
Linda Mvusi ...
Elsie
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg ...
Miriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland ...
Bertha
Mackay Tickey ...
Milius
Merav Gruer ...
Jude Roth
Albee Lesotho ...
Solomon
Clement Muchachi ...
Sipho
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A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, not long after, her mother is detained by the authorities. Some of Molly's White friends turn against her, and her family's friendships with Blacks take on new meaning. Relationships are fragile in the world of apartheid. How will she manage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage.

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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Um Mundo à Parte  »

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$2,326,900 (USA)
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One of a mini-cycle of late 1980s anti-apartheid themed movies. The films are Cry Freedom (1987), A World Apart (1988) and A Dry White Season (1989), each released in subsequent years. The Power of One (1992) would follow early in the next decade of the 1990s. A majority of anti-apartheid films were filmed in Zimbabwe in response to the international economic sanctions against South Africa's Apartheid regime. During the apartheid regime, anti-apartheid films (including Western films depicting interracial relationships (the James Bond film Live And Let Die was heavily censored when released for the South African market) were banned by the South African government until the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela. See more »

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Diana Roth: [inside her cell, shouting and smashing objects] No books? No books?
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A disappointing film
6 June 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

I saw this film in 1988 when it first came out. I was looking forward to seeing it on DVD but I must confess I was very disappointed. I found it excessively slow, with few dialogues, and in fact, plain boring. It should be at least 1/2 hr shorter.

True, there are moments of real poignancy in "A world apart" and Jodhi May is an excellent actress but there just doesn't seem to be much going on for most of half the film. Maybe the fact that apartheid has been defeated and that so much has happened in S. Africa since makes it less momentous.

For anyone interested in S. Africa, I recommend watching "Cry Freedom", "A white dry season" or even "The power of one" instead. These films at least seek to explain their characters involvement with the anti-apartheid movement. In "A world apart", there's no such character growth so far as the mother is concerned. Her involvement has to be taken for granted.


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