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A World Apart (1988)

PG  |   |  Drama  |  17 June 1988 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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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First film of Jude Akuwudike. See more »

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Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and Norman Gimbel
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A fine fine film
9 November 2000 | by (Kansas) – See all my reviews

This is a very good film with outstanding performances, particularly from Jodhi May and Barbara Hershey. The story of the Slovo-First family is very compelling and deserving of this fine treatment. As someone who has spent time in South Africa, both during and after Apartheid, I can attest to its authenticity.

The film works best, however, as a portrait of a troubled family. It carefully and truthfully depicts the agony of an adolescent girl who knows that her parents are trying to change her world for the better but at the expense of a normal life for her and her siblings. As Gillian Slovo so accurately stated, 'Here we were going off to Girl Guides while our parents were advocating the violent overthrow of our country's government.'

This film makes a powerful and moving, yet personal statement.


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