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Amok (1983)

A rural teacher discovers the harsh realities of his south Africa.

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Souheil Ben-Barka
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Liensol Robert Liensol ... Mathieu Sempala
Miriam Makeba ... Joséphine Sempala
Douta Seck Douta Seck ... Reverend Sikau Norje
Richard Harrison ... Elton Horn
Gianni Garko
George Ardisson
Edmund Purdom
Claudio Gora ... M. Horn
Yves Beneyton Yves Beneyton
Zorica Lozic Zorica Lozic
Mor Ba Mor Ba
Joséphine Zambo Joséphine Zambo
Jacqueline Scott-Lemoine Jacqueline Scott-Lemoine
Giovanni Attanasio Giovanni Attanasio
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luciana Antonelli Luciana Antonelli
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In South Africa,Matthew,an old black schoolteacher ,living in a small village under a grotesque boastful Kinglet,receives a letter from a former school mate who has become a priest ;he visits his sick sister Josephine ,a prostitute ;he meets again his son Gasha ,an "Amok " ,and his brother,a trade-union leader whose life will tragically end . Athough he's a teacher,Matthew only knew the world of his rural living;he discovers the realities of his country ,the racist Whites ,the police at their beck and call. Written by dbdumonteil

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

Morocco | Guinea | Senegal

Language:

French

Release Date:

5 April 1984 (Hungary) See more »

Also Known As:

Amok - Aufruhr in Afrika See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Interfilms,M.C.,Sylicinéma See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Raving mad
21 November 2016 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

A Morroccan/Guinean /Senegalese co-production,"Amok" was theatrically released for a limited audience,then later on screened on the third channel in its short lived "Cinema Sans Visa" series.

Running amok, sometimes referred to as simply amok or gone amok,[1] also spelled Amuk, from the Malay language,[2] is "an episode of sudden mass assault against people or objects usually by a single individual following a period of brooding that has traditionally been regarded as occurring especially in Malay culture but is now increasingly viewed as psycho-pathological behavior ".(wikipedia).

In South Africa,Matthew,an old black schoolteacher ,living in a small village under a grotesque boastful kinglet,receives a letter from a former school mate who has grown into a priest ;he visits his sick sister Josephine ,a prostitute ;he meets again his son Gasha ,an "Amok " (see above),and his brother,a trade-union leader whose life will tragically end .

With a comfortable budget,"Amok" is an epic ,with plenty of extras ;it features Myriam Makeba as Josephine and we can her her voice over the splendid landscapes :Makeba was an activist .Her brother,though a teacher,only knew the world of his rural living;he discovers the realities of his country ,the racist Whites as raving mad as the amok brother,the police at their beck and call,who kill Delius ,an unionist clandestinely fighting .

Repression everywhere:the kinglet beats his stupefied servant,the white Police track down the rebels ;things have changed since 1982,but it's an account of the harsh age Joseph lived in;


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