Red Dust (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  6 May 2005 (South Africa)
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Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who arrested along with him and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Bartlett ...
Dirk Hendricks
Ian Roberts ...
Piet Müller
Hlomla Dandala ...
Oscar Dumasi
James Ngcobo ...
Glen Gabela ...
Connie Mfuku ...
Alex's Aunt
Sylvaine Strike ...
Woman at House
Mannie Bester
Zaa Nkweta ...
Ben Hoffman
Sam Phillips ...
Elder (as Sam Philllips)
Elize Cawood ...
Anna Hoffman
Nomhle Nkonyeni ...
Mrs. Sizela (as Nomhle Nkyonyeni)


The South African lawyer Sarah Barcant travels from New York back to her hometown to represent the member of the Parliament Alex Mpondo in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission since torturer police officer Dirk Hendricks has made an application for amnesty. The parents of Steve Sizela request Sarah to represent them also since their son that was arrested with Mpondo but has gone missing. Hendricks uses one break in the trial to threaten Mpondo, promising to destroy his political career telling that he was a traitor. But Mpondo, who is a man traumatized with the torture, anticipates and tells what has happened to Steve Sizela and him in the hands of Hendricks and his superior Piet Müller. Will the remains of Steve be found and the truth disclosed? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for violent images and language | See all certifications »





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6 May 2005 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Tierra de sangre  »

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[last lines]
Alex Mpondo: We have the right to say that it hurt.
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Very Emotive and Powerful
15 October 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen a film in a long time that moved me and gripped me in such a way; that I couldn't take my eyes off the screen. I was busting for the loo; and I didn't even want to pause it because I was drawn right in. Emotive; powerful; very moving; horrific and heart-breaking. It gives you an amazing insight to South Africa; their struggles and their lives. The acting by the leads were mind-blowing and the script was incredible. Despite the terrible events that unfold in this film and how horrific the story is; I was captivated. I don't want to even try and explain the story; it's way too complex and I wouldn't do it justice. Please see this; you'll understand why when you do. Cheers, Hol

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