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A World Apart (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 June 1988 (USA)
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
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June Abelson
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Harold
Phyllis Naidoo ...
Sareda
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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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Directorial debut of cinematographer Chris Menges. See more »

Quotes

Molly Roth: Why don't you just go away and leave us alone?
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Let's Twist Again
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Written by Dave Appell and Kal Mann
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the title refers not only to Apartheid, but to childhood as well
17 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first dramatic feature directed by Oscar-winning cinematographer Chris Menges tackles the injustices of Apartheid, without trivializing the issues or compromising the dramatic integrity of its script. Instead of adopting a gratuitous high moral tone, Menges concentrates first on telling a good story, following the growth to maturity of an adolescent (white) girl, already racially color blind, who feels neglected by her journalist/activist mother. The film might be criticized for once again using white protagonists to educate audiences about the black experience in South Africa, but it's a hollow complaint: writer Shawn Slovo based her script on personal experience, and the depth of its detail reflects her crystal-clear memories of growing up in Johannesburg during the early 1960s.

That the film succeeds more on a personal level in no way diminishes its political message, which unlike other anti-Apartheid dramas is never force-fed in condescending spoonfuls ("I know that already; stop treating me like a baby!" cries the frustrated young heroine after yet another lecture from mom). No easy solutions are offered, and the film ends in just another riot, suggesting with cautious optimism the hope for ultimate victory after what promises to be a long and difficult struggle.


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