The indoctrination of Gerrit Wolfaardt is complete: his family traditions, history, culture- even his church-have taught him that black South Africans are a cancer in the land. Under the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Kani ... Rev. Peter Lekota
Jan Ellis Jan Ellis ... Gerrit Wolfaardt
Vusi Kunene ... Edward
David S. Lee ... Jan Oosthuizen (as David Lee)
Liezel van der Merwe Liezel van der Merwe ... Celeste Wolfaardt
Mpho Lovinga Mpho Lovinga ... Moses Moremi
Marcel van Heerden Marcel van Heerden ... Col. Koornhoff
Regardt van den Bergh Regardt van den Bergh ... Hans Gerber
Marius Weyers ... Gert Wolfaardt
Bruce Marchiano ... Jake
Gino Mingo Gino Mingo ... Gino
Lakita Garth Lakita Garth ... Sheryl Brown
Chris April Chris April ... Uncle Sam
Rob van Vuuren Rob van Vuuren ... Hennie Terblanche
Andrew Faure ... Chad Fourie


The indoctrination of Gerrit Wolfaardt is complete: his family traditions, history, culture- even his church-have taught him that black South Africans are a cancer in the land. Under the eye of prominent members of the government and military, Gerrit develops a diabolical plan to rid South Africa of its "black danger." Before his plans can be carried out, he meets two people who will put him on a collision course with his future: Celeste, an open-minded University student, and Peter Lekota, a pastor who challenges Gerrit's prejudice. His "final solution" meets its greatest obstacle when Gerrit realizes he is wrong. The Persecutor becomes the Peacemaker and begins to seek reconciliation between whites and blacks. However, in the turbulent last days of apartheid, there are those who doubt his transformation. One such person is Moses Moremi, whom Gerrit had once violently attacked. In the end, it is Moses who must choose between peace and bloodshed. Written by Anonymous

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Hate was the problem...Forgiveness was the answer


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Rated R for violence and brief language

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Great Movie
1 July 2006 | by gilbertmyersSee all my reviews

This movie, based on a true story of Gerrit Wolfaardt, is one of the best films I've seen on race relations in South Africa; a very good history lesson of the turmoil of 80's South Africa. I put it in on the scale of American History X as far as it's depiction of how a young man can get seduced by the Aryan doctrine and how the "certain" segments of the Christian church taught a false doctrine regarding race to justify an injustice.

It's strong message of forgiveness and redemption, is one of rarity in films today. The violence is well done as to show the severity of Gerrit's crimes and greatness of his transformation.

One word about Jan Ellis who played Gerrit Wolfaardt. He carries you through the darkness of Gerrit's beginnings to his enlightened transformation. He went to some dark places as an actor and is to be commended on his performance.

Another standout performance was that of Mpho Lovinga who plays Moses Moremi, one victim of Gerrit's crimes. He was able to pull from some places of pain that really touched you as you watched his performance.

Very good movie to show the teens.

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English | Afrikaans | Xhosa

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18 September 2002 (USA) See more »

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Freedom Fighters See more »


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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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