A Morroccan/Guinean /Senegalese co-production,"Amok" was theatrically released for a limited audience,then later on screened on the third channel in its short lived "Cinema Sans Visa" series.
Running amok, sometimes referred to as simply amok or gone amok, also spelled Amuk, from the Malay language, is "an episode of sudden mass assault against people or objects usually by a single individual following a period of brooding that has traditionally been regarded as occurring especially in Malay culture but is now increasingly viewed as psycho-pathological behavior ".(wikipedia).
In South Africa,Matthew,an old black schoolteacher ,living in a small village under a grotesque boastful kinglet,receives a letter from a former school mate who has grown into a priest ;he visits his sick sister Josephine ,a prostitute ;he meets again his son Gasha ,an "Amok " (see above),and his brother,a trade-union leader whose life will tragically end .
With a comfortable budget,"Amok" is an epic ,with plenty of extras ;it features Myriam Makeba as Josephine and we can her her voice over the splendid landscapes :Makeba was an activist .Her brother,though a teacher,only knew the world of his rural living;he discovers the realities of his country ,the racist Whites as raving mad as the amok brother,the police at their beck and call,who kill Delius ,an unionist clandestinely fighting .
Repression everywhere:the kinglet beats his stupefied servant,the white Police track down the rebels ;things have changed since 1982,but it's an account of the harsh age Joseph lived in;
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