Ben du Toit is a schoolteacher who always has considered himself a man of caring and justice, at least on the individual level. When his gardener's son is brutally beaten up by the police at a demonstration by black school children, he gradually begins to realize his own society is built on a pillar of injustice and exploitation. Written by
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In the court scene, Marlon Brando's character was supposed to insult the magistrate and be removed from the courtroom by two guards. Euzhan Palcy did four takes of the scene, but ultimately decided that the scene was too unintentionally comical. According to Palcy, Brando called her afterwards and confronted her about her decision, insisting that he liked the scene and wanted it to stay in the film to show that the law meant nothing in South Africa. He allegedly threatened to slander her name throughout Hollywood, but she refused to back down, and the scene was cut. See more
When the camera pulls away from the court house (Harare City Hall) a bus drives past displaying an advertisement for Balkan Bulgarian Airlines, which flew to Zimbabwe, but not to South Africa under apartheid during the 1970s. See more
Ben du Toit
If someone told you your child had died and wouldn't tell you how he died or where the body was buried, wouldn't you be upset?
YINI KODWA YINI
Written by Joseph Shabalala
Performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Courtesy of Warner Bros. Records
Produced by Danny Lawson for Night After Night Ltd.
Additional vocal performances by the cast of Sarafina See more