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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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Runtime:

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

Preacher: They fear you because you are young. They fear you because you are the future. How fearful they must be that they shoot you children. How powerful you must be that they fear you so much. You are powerful because you are the generation that will be free. The violence, the beatings, the torture, the killings; all this is the birth pain of our free nation. Please God, may I live to see it. But if I don't, I see it now on your faces like the light of the rising sun, and my heart lifts within me, as...
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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 »


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Sarafina!
Written and Performed by Hugh Masekela
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Fantastic Stage show - good movie
27 July 2004 | by KaetySee all my reviews

I saw Sarafina as a stage show/musical when I was only a teenager and it drove home for me the hardships of young people in Africa. I saw this movie AFTER Nelson Mandela was released and yet it still is an overwhelmingly powerful movie. I enjoyed it and personally don't think that the musical aspects spoil the message and it does the original cast proud!!! Bravo! Whoopi Goldberg lends her brilliant compassion to the role and helps to endear the school teacher who supports the kids to the audience.

Unlike the traditional song and dance musicals which were all sweetness and light this movie manages to tackle hard and unpleasant issues whilst still being uplifting at times and glorious musically!


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