Sarafina!

Sarafina!

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Director: Darrell James Roodt

Cast: Darrell James Roodt, Leleti Khumalo, Whoopi Goldberg, Miriam Makeba

     
 

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Whoopi Goldberg stars in this musical take on the South African struggles against Apartheid in the mid-1970s, during the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. An adaptation of Mbongeni Ngema's popular musical, which ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, Sarafina! recounts the political coming of age of the title character, a high school girl involved in the Soweto

Overview

Whoopi Goldberg stars in this musical take on the South African struggles against Apartheid in the mid-1970s, during the imprisonment of Nelson Mandela. An adaptation of Mbongeni Ngema's popular musical, which ran on Broadway from 1988 to 1989, Sarafina! recounts the political coming of age of the title character, a high school girl involved in the Soweto student protests of 1976. At first just a petulant bundle of energy, more interested in boys than civil rights, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) learns of the Afrikaaner oppression through the underground lectures of her teacher, Mary Masembuko (Goldberg). Sarafina's mother, who works as a servant in a white household and never sees her children, urges Sarafina to toe the line. But she can no longer turn a blind eye when the government imprisons her teacher and slaughters her would-be boyfriend during an arson protest. Incited to rebellion, the students kill a crooked black constable, leaving Sarafina to wrestle with their decision to use violence against the government's strictures. Ever tightening its grip, the ruling regime would kill 575 blacks over eight months in an attempt to quell the civil unrest. The sober subject matter is leavened by Ngema's jubilant songs and Michael Peters' electric choreography. ~ Derek Armstrong

Product Details

Release Date:
05/31/2011
UPC:
0096009769390
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Miramax Echo Bridge
Time:
1:38:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Leleti Khumalo Sarafina
Whoopi Goldberg Mary Masembuko
Miriam Makeba Angelina
John Kani School Principal
Mbongeni Ngema Sabela
Mate Bashe Teacher
Michele Bestbier Mrs. Hendriks
Ishamel Boikanyo 2nd Prison Guard
Gideon de Wet 2nd Policeman
Thulani Didi Crocodile Gang Member
Sbongile Dingatha Woman Shopper
Dumisani Dlamini Crocodile Gang Member
Gugwana Dlamini Sarafina's Friend
Vukani "Marko" Dlamini Crocodile Gang Member
Bafana Hendriks Jabu
Mfana "Jones" Hlope 5th Testimony/Crocodile Gang Member
Faca Kulu Eddie
Sipho Kunene Guitar
Greg Latter 1st Policeman
Dipuo Lehlongwa 4th Testimony/Sarafina's Friend
Dixon Malele Shebeen Drinker
David Manqele Preacher
Khanyo Maphumulo 2nd Testimony
Billy Mashigo Shebeen Drinker
Tertius Meintjes Lieutenant Bloem
Batho Mhlongo Sarafina's Friend
Somizi "Whacko" Mhlongo Fire
Bheki Mqadi Moses
Princess Msala Teacher
Wendy Mseleku China
Velaphi Msini Teacher
James Mthoba Sarafina's Uncle
Olga Mvicane Woman Shopper
Patrick Ndlovu Victor Gumede
Sam Ngakane Guitar's Father
Siphamandla Ngcamu 1st Testimony/Crocodile Gang Member
Siya Ngcobe Sarafina's Brother
Nhlanhla Ngema Stimela
Sibusiso Ngema Funeral Leader
Vincent Ngobese Crocodile Gang Member
Ayanda Nhlangothi Thuleni
Congo Radebe Silence
Nicky Rebelo 1st Soldier
Zanele Sangweni Lindiwe
louis Seboko Joe Masembuko
Eric Seema Shebeen Drinker
Doris Sehula Woman Shopper
Khululiwe Sithole Sarafina's Friend
Dominic Skosana 1st Prison Guard
Mary Twala Sarafina's Grandmother
Robert Whithead Interrogator
James Whyle 2nd Soldier
Pheto Wildeman Nhlanhla

Technical Credits
Darrell James Roodt Director
David Barkham Production Designer
Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
David Heitner Editor
Peter Hollywood Editor
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Mbongeni Ngema Score Composer,Choreography,Screenwriter
William Nicholson Screenwriter
Michael Peters Choreography
Sudhir Pragjee Executive Producer
Anant Singh Producer
Sanjeev Singh Executive Producer
Helena Spring Executive Producer
Sarah Thomas Editor
David M. Thompson Producer
Mark Vicente Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Sarafina!
1. Busy Morning [5:38]
2. Sarafina the Celebrity [3:46]
3. Morning Prayers [8:48]
4. A Few Troublemakers [7:43]
5. Fighting Back [8:34]
6. Injustice [3:30]
7. Other Ways [8:09]
8. Learn From History [7:05]
9. Removing Ms. Masenbuko [2:56]
10. Violence Erupts [7:13]
11. Pushed Too Far [6:56]
12. Detained [7:21]
13. Atrocities [6:06]
14. Free From Hate [8:21]
15. Waiting for Mandela [6:09]

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Sarafina! 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is excellent especial by the way to treat the theme that continues in force in Africa