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Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)

This documentary tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission. White soldiers who have killed ANC activists, black ... See full summary »
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Credited cast:
Mary Burton Mary Burton ... Herself
Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela ... Herself
Mongezi Manqina Mongezi Manqina ... Herself
Thapelo Mbelo Thapelo Mbelo ... Himself
Robert McBride Robert McBride ... Himself
Helen Mirren ... Narrator
Jann Turner ... Herself
Desmond Tutu ... Himself (as Archbishop Desmond Tutu)
Tony Weaver Tony Weaver ... Himself
Glenda Wildschut Glenda Wildschut ... Herself


This documentary tells four stories of Apartheid in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of the Truth and Reconciliation commission. White soldiers who have killed ANC activists, black activists who have killed whites in political attacks: can there be forgiveness when the full truth comes out? Written by Martin Lewison <milst1@yahoo.com>

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Looking into a dark past for a bright future.




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English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

20 December 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

To makry taxidi tis nyhtas mesa sti mera! See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,027, 2 April 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$9,932, 2 April 2000
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Reid-Hoffmann Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Human perspective and catharsis
12 June 2001 | by mermattSee all my reviews

This documentary tells four true stories of apartheid in South Africa. As one of the people in the film points out, there is a Kafkaesque atmosphere about people confessing their atrocities in order to seek amnesty.

The point of both the hearings in the film and of the film itself is to be able to heal by facing the truth. Only in facing the past can we prevent ourselves from repeating it. We must remember the true horrors that humans can make for other humans. That is the only sane way of sustaining a better world that can emerge from the chaos.

Not an easy film to watch, there are times when anguish flies off the screen into the viewer. But purgation comes from witnessing truth, accepting it, and guarding against the evil within us that is capable of such horror. This is a human story that will alter your perspective on life.

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