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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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Box Office

Gross:

$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 »

Quotes

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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Lord's Prayer
Music by Mbongeni Ngema
Performed by Mbongeni Ngema
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A must see movie
3 December 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I believe Sarafina is a tremendous effort of Whoopi Goldberg. Besides her, there are no other stars in the film and her role is smaller than the title character, Sarafina. Since I work in a high school with urban children, I think this is an important film to show South African history of apartheid. Sarafina is a movie about education and a teacher's relationship with her student, Sarafina. I bought the video for practically nothing at a videostore. I watched it and fast forwarded through the musical numbers. But I strongly recommend this film to educators and their students to understand. Now while I don't know the other actors and actresses in the film, I assume that they are very popular in South Africa and I am glad that they filmed with a South African cast and crew with the exception of Goldberg in a small role but if it gets people to see this movie, than Whoopi reaches worldwide appeal.


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