Sarafina!

"She was their teacher. They were her hope."

Sarafina is a South African film that came out in the year 1992. It featured Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Golberg, Miriam Makeba and also John Kani. The story of this film covers students who were involved in the Soweto Riots. This was a demonstration that opposed the integration of the language Afrikaans. This language was used for instruction in all of the schools. The story also focuses on Sarafina who is ashamed of her mother being a servant to a white family. She encourages people to protest after her teacher is put in prison.

The movie takes place in the nation of South Africa. In many of the provinces the language Afrikaans is used as the standard language for school instruction. Since many people want a change in language barriers they decide to have a riot known as the Soweto Riots in order to oppose the complete immersion of the language in schools. At the same time a woman known as Sarafina has a mother who is a domestic servant in a white household and this makes her upset as she believes that she is being degraded in a way. As a result of this Sarafina decides to have everyone around her have a protest in order to provide more equality in the nation. Her teacher Mary is thrown in prison as well so this encourages her even more to seek justice.

Sarafina was filmed in both Soweto and Johannesburg South Africa. Darrell Roodt directed the movie and Mbongeni Ngema wrote the story. The film companies including British Broadcasting Corporation participated in the production of the film. When it was released in theaters, the United States rated it PG 13 but in the 1993 extended version it was rated R due to some strong violence. As far as accolades go the movie got screened out of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival. It was released in September of 1992 to theaters everywhere. Sarafina did not do very well at the box office in North America as it only grossed a little over $7.3 million.

Despite its mediocre performance at the box office it is still a quality film. The movie covers a historically relevant event in South Africa and so it has some intrigue. For those who enjoy movies about historical events, this will be one that they will likely enjoy and be willing to see. It may not have won a number of awards but it still has some good and interesting content and therefore be pleasing to quite a few viewers.

PG-13
| 1992 | 1 hr 57 min | 6.4/10
Cast
Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba, John Kani
Studio
Hollywood Pictures, Miramax Films, BBC
Director
Darrel James Roodt, Darrell Roodt
Language
English
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