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In My Country (2004)

Country of My Skull (original title)
R | | Drama, Romance | 7 May 2004 (Italy)
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Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Langston Whitfield
... Anna Malan
... Col. de Jager
Menzi Ngubane ... Dumi Mkhalipi (as Menzi 'Ngubs' Ngubane)
Sam Ngakane ... Anderson
Aletta Bezuidenhout ... Elsa Malan
Lionel Newton ... Edward Morgan
... Boetie Malan
Owen Sejake ... Reverend Mzondo
Harriet Lenabe ... Albertina Sobandla (as Harriet Manamela)
Louis van Niekerk ... Willem Malan
Jeremiah Ndlovu ... Old Man in Wheelbarrow
Fiona Ramsay ... Felicia Rheinhardt
Dan Robbertse ... Sgt. de Smidt (as Daniel Robbertse)
... Van Deventer
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Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist. His editor provocatively sends him to South Africa to cover the Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, in which the perpetrators of murder and torture on both sides during Apartheid are invited to come forward and confront their victims. By telling the unvarnished truth and expressing contrition, they may be granted amnesty. Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Langston is deeply skeptical. He tracks down Col. De Jager, the most notorious torturer in the SA Police and tries to penetrate the mind of a monster, an experience that obliges him to confront his own demons. Anna Malan is an Afrikaans poet who is covering the hearings for radio. As a white South African she is shattered by the accounts of the cruelty and depravity committed by her fellow countrymen. Anna and Langston must both question their sense of identity. Where do they each belong? How responsible are they for what is done in the ... Written by donal

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A South African Story of Truth, Love and Reconcilliation

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Rated R for language, including descriptions of atrocities, and for a scene of violence | See all certifications »
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In My Country  »

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,383, 13 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$163,536, 19 June 2005
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The scenes at the Malan family farm (which was in actually in Transvaal in the northern part of the country) were shot in the farmlands an hour to the north of Cape Town. See more »

Goofs

All number plates on vehicles throughout the film (apart from archival footage) are fake and do not follow the format of older South African number plates. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nelson Mandela: Never, never, and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.
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References Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967) See more »

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Uthando
Composed by Murray Anderson & Warrick Swinney
Arranged as Love Theme by Murray Anderson, Warrick Swinney & Philip King
Performed by Murray Anderson & Orchestra
Published by Hi-Z Sound
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A sensitive and courageous portrayal of social justice
19 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

Country of My Skull manages to address a subject that no Hollywood film has touched, to my knowledge. Jackson's character navigates the anger and frustration any black person would feel about the situation of racist South Africa (where to this day the tiny white population owns an overwhelming majority of the land) during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and his respect for a white South African, played by Binoche.

It is interesting that while Jackson is assigned by the Washington Post to report on the Commission, he has to struggle to make the headlines in the United States even though it is an important issue. I think this says quite a lot about our free press.


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