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Zakes Mokae obituary

10 November 2009 10:45 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

South African actor who helped break the taboos of apartheid

On a steamy evening in a rundown Johannesburg club in September 1961, two actors premiered The Blood Knot, a play about brothers with different fathers, both men black but one light enough to enter white society. For each of them, the black actor Zakes Mokae, who has died aged 75, and the white playwright Athol Fugard, the night launched their careers. Fugard's play toured South Africa for six months, and although he travelled first-class on the train while Mokae travelled third, the two had broken a taboo by being the first black and white actors to appear on a public stage in apartheid South Africa. The success of The Blood Knot brought Fugard to international attention and kickstarted Mokae's long and varied career in theatre, film and television.

Mokae was born and grew up in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, the son of a policeman and a housemaid. »

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Not Easily Broken

8 January 2009 1:03 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Bill Duke made a spectacular transition from hulking character actor to big-screen filmmaker with the impressive one-two punch of 1991's A Rage In Harlem—a flavorful adaptation of a Chester Himes novel—and 1992's Deep Cover, a mesmerizing thriller that combined the moral haze and sinister rhythms of classic film noir with a nuanced critique of the hypocrisy and compromises of the war on drugs. Duke has alternated between acting and filmmaking since then, but the abundant promise of his first films has gone egregiously unfulfilled. Duke hits his directorial nadir with the dire Christian message movie Not »

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Not Easily Broken

8 January 2009 1:03 PM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Bill Duke made a spectacular transition from hulking character actor to big-screen filmmaker with the impressive one-two punch of 1991's A Rage In Harlem—a flavorful adaptation of a Chester Himes novel—and 1992's Deep Cover, a mesmerizing thriller that combined the moral haze and sinister rhythms of classic film noir with a nuanced critique of the hypocrisy and compromises of the war on drugs. Duke has alternated between acting and filmmaking since then, but the abundant promise of his first films has gone egregiously unfulfilled. Duke hits his directorial nadir with the dire Christian message movie Not Easily Broken, a clunky adaptation of a novel by celebrity super-pastor and "Prosperity Gospel" proponent T.D. Jakes. It's as simplistic, reductive, and heavy-handed as Deep Cover was gloriously ambiguous. Morris Chestnut (who also produced) stars as a former college-baseball hotshot whose dreams of major-league glory ended with a career-killing injury. Chestnut channels his. »

- Nathan Rabin

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