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In this story of a black policeman during South African apartheid, Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the anti-apartheid movement, he finds himself torn between his family (including long-suffering wife Alfre Woodard) and what he believes is his duty. Written by
Morgan Freeman's directorial debut casts Danny Glover as a cop in apartheid-era South Africa whose son is an anti-apartheid activist. Knowing this, the father has to choose between his people and his job: he basically betrayed his people, but he has to support his family.
True, this seems like a plot that we frequently see, but "Bopha!" (Zulu for "arrest") makes good use of it. They raise the stakes by portraying a new white supremacist police chief (Malcolm McDowell). And also impressive was that scene where the students leave school to protest the teaching of Afikaans (my mom said that they used to show that sort of scene on TV all the time). A really good movie.
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