- 2 hr
Bopha! is a 1993 drama film directed by Morgan Freeman and starring Danny Glover, Malcolm McDowell, and Alfre Woodard. The film is set in South Africa during the apartheid era and explores the complex relationships between a black police officer, his son, and his ties to the resistance movement. The film centers on the character of Micah Mangena (Danny Glover), a respected black police officer in South Africa who is tasked with enforcing the unjust laws of the apartheid regime. Micah is a devoted family man who hopes to provide his son with a better life, but struggles with the limitations imposed on him by his job and by society.
Complicating matters is the fact that Micah's son Zweli (Maynard Eziashi) is becoming increasingly involved in the anti-apartheid movement, even as Micah is tasked with suppressing it. This creates a deep conflict within Micah, who must choose between his duty to the government and his love for his son and his people.
As Micah navigates these difficult waters, he is also faced with the challenges of working under the watchful eye of his white boss, De Villiers (Malcolm McDowell), who is openly racist and abusive towards his black colleagues. Micah's relationship with De Villiers is strained at best, as he struggles to maintain his dignity and pride in the face of constant harassment.
Meanwhile, Micah's wife Rosie (Alfre Woodard) is also struggling to survive in a society that doesn't value her or her family. She must deal with the indignities of being a black woman in South Africa, as well as the danger and violence that come with living in a country torn apart by apartheid.
Throughout the film, Micah and his family are forced to confront the harsh realities of life under apartheid, including police brutality, racism, poverty, and violence. They must also confront their own personal demons, as they grapple with issues of loyalty, love, and the struggle for freedom.
Bopha! is a powerful and moving film that explores the complexities of life under apartheid in South Africa. With a talented cast and a powerful script, the film manages to capture both the horrors and the beauty of a society in transition, and is a must-see for anyone interested in the history of South Africa and the struggle against apartheid.
Bopha! is a 1993 drama with a runtime of 2 hours. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.5 and a MetaScore of 68.