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A World Apart (1988)

PG | | Drama | 17 June 1988 (USA)
A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her ... See full summary »

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Gus Roth
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Nadine Chalmers ...
Yvonne Abelson
Maria Pilar ...
Spanish Dance Teacher
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June Abelson
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Harold
Phyllis Naidoo ...
Sareda
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Elsie
Carolyn Clayton-Cragg ...
Miriam Roth
Yvonne Bryceland ...
Bertha
Mackay Tickey ...
Milius
Merav Gruer ...
Jude Roth
Albee Lesotho ...
Solomon
Clement Muchachi ...
Sipho
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A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, not long after, her mother is detained by the authorities. Some of Molly's White friends turn against her, and her family's friendships with Blacks take on new meaning. Relationships are fragile in the world of apartheid. How will she manage? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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South Africa, 1963. A mother's love. A family's courage.

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Um Mundo à Parte  »

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$2,326,900
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Barbara Hershey won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for her role in this film. She won the same award in the previous year for Shy People (1987), making her the only actress or actor (as of 2015) to win consecutive awards in Cannes for performance (though in A World Apart (1988) she shared the award with her two female co-stars). See more »

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Diana Roth: [inside her cell, shouting and smashing objects] No books? No books?
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Written by Pablo Beltrán Ruiz and Norman Gimbel
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The best movie of 1988
10 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

Like "Cry Freedom" the previous year, "A World Apart" shows life in apartheid-era South Africa. This one tells the story of the Slovo family, who were trying to bring down apartheid (the names are changed in the movie). The father has had to flee the country after threats against him. The daughter (Jodhi May) is bullied in school, where her classmates call her father a "traitor". Finally, the mother (Barbara Hershey) is arrested. The daughter then truly begins to see the oppressive system through the eyes of the black population.

The whole story resembles that of the Rosenberg children, right down to the fate of the parents (Mrs. Slovo was assassinated in 1982). And it is so horrible to think that this vile agenda was in power for over forty years. There may be some things in life that we will never be able to get over.


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