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Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 20 December 2001 (Australia)
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 »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 10 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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
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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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Documentary

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

California Newsreel

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Afrikaans

Release Date:

20 December 2001 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

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

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,027, 2 April 2000

Gross USA:

$50,715

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$50,715
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The Best Documentary of the Year
11 November 2007 | by ligonlawSee all my reviews

This was the best documentary of the Oscar-nominated group. The witnesses came before the commission and confessed to murderous conduct in exchange for forgiveness. The testimony was raw and painful and absolutely riveting.

After Apartheid ended, there had been so many atrocities committed by so many people on both sides that South Africa decided to pardon anyone from criminal prosecutions who came before the commission and told the truth about their complicity in the killing of blacks or whites.

The power of this remarkable film comes from the ability of the families and friends of the victims to forgive.

Ms. Hoffman, who was already nominated for a profound and excellent documentary about her mother's decline into Alzheimer's, is one of the finest living documentary makers in this country.

Four stories of murder unfold in front of the families of the victims. The Witnesses admit to their crimes in different ways. This is an important film. An experiment in forgiveness for unforgivable unspeakable acts of violence.

Also the soundtrack is unusually excellent for a documentary.


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