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Sarafina! (1992)

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South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

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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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South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

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

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

9 October 1992 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Sarafina! Il profumo della libertà  »

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Box Office

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$7,306,242 (USA)
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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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Sabela
Written by Mbongeni Ngema
Performed by Thandi Zulu
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Fantastic Stage show - good movie
27 July 2004 | by (Qld, Aus) – See all my reviews

I saw Sarafina as a stage show/musical when I was only a teenager and it drove home for me the hardships of young people in Africa. I saw this movie AFTER Nelson Mandela was released and yet it still is an overwhelmingly powerful movie. I enjoyed it and personally don't think that the musical aspects spoil the message and it does the original cast proud!!! Bravo! Whoopi Goldberg lends her brilliant compassion to the role and helps to endear the school teacher who supports the kids to the audience.

Unlike the traditional song and dance musicals which were all sweetness and light this movie manages to tackle hard and unpleasant issues whilst still being uplifting at times and glorious musically!


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