The Color of Freedom (2007)
"Goodbye Bafana" (original title)

R  |   |  Biography, Drama, History  |  11 April 2007 (France)
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GOODBYE BAFANA is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.



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Shiloh Henderson ...
Brent Gregory
Brent Gregory
Megan Smith ...
Natasha Gregory
Jessica Manuel ...
Natasha Gregory
Faith Ndukwana ...
Terry Pheto ...
Zindzi Mandela
Leslie Mongezi ...
Zingizile Mtuzula ...
Raymond Mhlaba (as Zingi Mtuzula)
Mehboob Bawa ...
Shakes Myeko ...
Andrew Mlangeni
Sizwe Msutu ...
Cyril Ramaphosa


James Gregory once lived in a farm and had befriended a native youth, Bafana, and had even had a photograph taken with him. Years later, now married to Gloria and father of three children (Chris, Brett, and Natasha), James has nothing but shame and regret, as many South African Caucasians in the oppressive Apartheid-era ridiculed him, leading him to hate Africans. He seeks to redeem himself by spying on imprisoned African National Congress Leader, Nelson Mandela. In the restrictive high security prison his job is to censor all written and verbal communications between prisoners, their visitors, and correspondence. James is uncomfortable when he witnesses Caucasian police and security officers' brutality against civilians, including infants, and tries to understand why Nelson became a rebel. This leads him to examine the 'Freedom Charter', a banned document, reportedly known to incite violence against 'whites'. And when he does read this document, he changes his mind about Nelson's ... Written by rAjOo (

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Based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard

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Goodbye Bafana  »

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$30,000,000 (estimated)

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thought provoking and inspirational
3 April 2007 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

This film, based on two very important men, is emotional and sincere but overall it is believable, every single moment is significant and told gracefully. A real life movie based is supposed to be precise without getting too much into detail - otherwise it turns boring - and so is "Goodbye Bafana", documenting 27 years in the life of this prison guard. Things and events described in the motion picture heat up gradually, the leading actors are simply outstanding so that the two hours runtime seems much shorter than it is. Haysbert is terrific, even more than Fiennes and they're both superb for their parts, with them each moment becomes increasingly more touching

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