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Sarafina! (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical | 25 September 1992 (USA)
South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

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(as Darrell James Roodt)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Sarafina
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Mary Masembuko
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School Principal
Dumisani Dlamini ...
Crocodile
Mbongeni Ngema ...
Sabela
Sipho Kunene ...
Guitar
Tertius Meintjes ...
Lieutenant Bloem
Robert Whitehead ...
Interrogator
Somizi Mhlongo ...
Fire (as Somizi 'Whacko' Mhlongo)
Nhlanhla Ngema ...
Stimela
Faca Khulu ...
Eddie (as Faca Kulu)
Wendy Mseleku ...
China
Mary Twala ...
Sarafina's Grandmother
James Mthoba ...
Sarafina's Uncle
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Storyline

As tentions of Apatheid spreads accross South Africa, many students revolts to massive stone throw, a demonstration that comes in a wake of the introduction of Afrikanas language as a means of teaching. This sparks riots among school age young people who have resolved to do what it takes for freedom to come tomorrow. In a township of Soweto, a group of students, led by a young beautiful and intelligent girl Sarafina, mastermind a plot to rise against the Apatheid regime by velmently rejecting the proposal to have Africanas as a medium of instruction and this angers the white people and results in a massive unrest of the students and those others supporting them. Mean while, Sarafina's mother accepts a job of a housekeeper in a white woman and somehow it angers Sarafina. Following the unrest of students and therd possible torture and trial, Sarafina is realesed from prison, reunites with some of the coleagues and composes a "Freedom is Coming Tomorrow" song. Written by Isaac Museka Lupupa

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She was their teacher. They were her hope. See more »

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Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for scenes of apartheid-driven violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sarafina! Il profumo della libertà  »

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$7,306,242 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Sarafina!" opened at the Cort Theater in New York on January 28, 1988, ran for 597 performances and was nominated for the 1988 Tony Awards for the Best Musical and Score. Dumisani Dlamini, Leleti Khumalo, Nhlanhla Ngema and 'Mbongeni Ngema' recreated their roles in the movie version. A nomination for the 1988 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical went to Leleti Khumalo. See more »

Quotes

Sarafina: Come on, Nelson. Why can't I be a star? What does a star do? Nothing. Look at the camera, flash! Smile at the camera, flash! Look at everybody, big eyes! Say nothing. Stars don't do, stars just be.
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Soundtracks

Freedom Is Coming Tomorrow
Written by Mbongeni Ngema
Performed by Khanyo Maphumulo
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Good story ruined as a musical
5 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I think the best way to look at this idea is I got into an argument with my mom over how good the movie was. I thought it was a ludicrous musical, she thought it was a very thoughtful and beautiful movie. Ends up in musicals, she just hits the fast forward button through the music.

The story is great, the message it tries to give is great, the music detracts from the movie. With the exception to a few songs (in particular the one from the jail house), the majority of the songs detract from the movie - making it seem rather ridiculous and detracting from the overall presentation.


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