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Sarafina! (1992)

PG-13 | | Drama, Musical | 25 September 1992 (USA)
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South African teenagers fight against apartheid in the Soweto Uprising.

Director:

Darrell Roodt (as Darrell James Roodt)

Writers:

Mbongeni Ngema (play), Mbongeni Ngema (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leleti Khumalo ... Sarafina
Whoopi Goldberg ... Mary Masembuko
Miriam Makeba ... Angelina
John Kani ... School Principal
Dumisani Dlamini Dumisani Dlamini ... Crocodile
Mbongeni Ngema ... Sabela
Sipho Kunene Sipho Kunene ... Guitar
Tertius Meintjes Tertius Meintjes ... Lieutenant Bloem
Robert Whitehead Robert Whitehead ... Interrogator
Somizi Mhlongo Somizi Mhlongo ... Fire (as Somizi 'Whacko' Mhlongo)
Nhlanhla Ngema Nhlanhla Ngema ... Stimela
Faca Khulu Faca Khulu ... Eddie (as Faca Kulu)
Wendy Mseleku Wendy Mseleku ... China
Mary Twala Mary Twala ... Sarafina's Grandmother
James Mthoba James Mthoba ... Sarafina's Uncle
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Storyline

As tentions of Apatheid spreads accross South Africa, many students revolts to massive stone throw, a demonstration that comes in a wake of the introduction of Afrikanas language as a means of teaching. This sparks riots among school age young people who have resolved to do what it takes for freedom to come tomorrow. In a township of Soweto, a group of students, led by a young beautiful and intelligent girl Sarafina, mastermind a plot to rise against the Apatheid regime by velmently rejecting the proposal to have Africanas as a medium of instruction and this angers the white people and results in a massive unrest of the students and those others supporting them. Mean while, Sarafina's mother accepts a job of a housekeeper in a white woman and somehow it angers Sarafina. Following the unrest of students and therd possible torture and trial, Sarafina is realesed from prison, reunites with some of the coleagues and composes a "Freedom is Coming Tomorrow" song. Written by Isaac Museka Lupupa

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Taglines:

The Sound of Freedom See more »

Genres:

Drama | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for scenes of apartheid-driven violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

South Africa | UK | France | USA

Language:

English | Zulu

Release Date:

25 September 1992 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sarafina! Il profumo della libertà See more »

Filming Locations:

South Africa See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,306,242
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film composer Stanley Myer's last scored film. See more »

Quotes

Sarafina: Come on, Nelson. Why can't I be a star? What does a star do? Nothing. Look at the camera, flash! Smile at the camera, flash! Look at everybody, big eyes! Say nothing. Stars don't do, stars just be.
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Alternate Versions

Exclusive Director's Cut is available on laserdisc and features 15 minutes of additional footage not shown in theaters. See more »

Connections

Version of Voices of Sarafina! (1988) See more »

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Lord's Prayer
Music by Mbongeni Ngema
Performed by Mbongeni Ngema
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Genuine and resourceful
20 September 2001 | by kaptenmarvelSee all my reviews

Sarafina! is all about strength, about people lacking it and people overflowing with it. Sarafina herself is a Soweto girl with great hopes for the future, despite her family's poverty and her mother's (Miriam Makeba) work away from home, forcing Sarafina to take care of her younger siblings. This is South Africa, Johannesburg, during the Apartheid regime, Mandela is in prison and the black children are forbidden to speak their own language, Xosa (you know, the click language... :)). Yet, Sarafina dreams. Her world brightens up when her class get a new teacher (Whoopi Goldberg), who teaches them about their worth and to be proud of their heritage. I fully recommend this movie, the actors, young and practically unheard of, are fantastic, the script is sharp, and the music! See this movie for the music alone. No Makeba, but lots of powerful political Soweto tunes. Go Sarafina!


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