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Sarafina! (1992)

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


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Drama | Musical


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Release Date:

9 October 1992 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Sarafina!  »

Box Office


$7,306,242 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »


Preacher: They fear you because you are young. They fear you because you are the future. How fearful they must be that they shoot you children. How powerful you must be that they fear you so much. You are powerful because you are the generation that will be free. The violence, the beatings, the torture, the killings; all this is the birth pain of our free nation. Please God, may I live to see it. But if I don't, I see it now on your faces like the light of the rising sun, and my heart lifts within me, as...
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Version of Voices of Sarafina! (1988) See more »


One More Time
Written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford
Sung by James Ingram
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10 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie, and the play, and I have to add that this was the most touching story that I had ever seen. Until I saw this movie I was unaware of how awful life was and probably still is for the South African children and adults that were and are living in that era. It brought tears to my eyes and much sadness to my heart that any human being should have to struggle like that just to stay alive, And to bring the children right out of that area and teach them to act and preform and turn them loose to tell their own story is simply amazing. This simply surpass a five star, I rate it a ten. Thank You Mr. Mbongeni Ngema for such a astonishing story. Although it has been 12 years since this story has been told, it is still one that lays heavy in my heart.If there is a VHS, or DVD out there on the play, Please notify me ASAP.Thank You. PS There was nothing wrong with the kids wanting to bring awareness of their problems and conditions to the attention of other countries in hopes that some one would have a heart and offer assistance.

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