Sarafina!

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg Director: Darrell James Roodt  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
Rating 4.5
52 ratings
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1992
  • Label: Miramax Echo Bridge
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
  • Audio:
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  • Additional Release Material:
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  • Interactive Features:
    • Scene Access
    • Interactive Menus

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Entertainment Reviews:

New York Times - 09/18/1992
"...Energetic, impassioned....A forceful mixture of celebration and fury..."
USA Today - 09/18/1992
"...[A] heartfelt project, shot in Soweto township with an energetic cast of mostly unknowns..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/25/1992
"...A vibrant and memorable film....This is wholehearted acting..."

Product Description:

A South African girl, named Sarafina, lives with her aunt and uncle in Soweto where she attends school. Her mother works as a maid in a white household in Johannesburg, and the two rarely see each other. Sarafina battles her feelings of abandonment and disappointment with passionate hero-worship of both imprisoned political activist Nelson Mandela and her rebellious history teacher, Mary Masombuka. Mary encourages the children to be proud of who they are, and aware of the political forces that rule their lives. She even helps the pupils put on a play expressing their desire for the eventual release of Mandela.

But when one of Sarafina's classmates gets involved in an arson attack, the police crack down hard on the students. As a result, the children boycott white-owned stores in the neighborhood, and tensions begin to rise. Even as Mary reassures Sarafina that she dreams of a free and peaceful South Africa, violence erupts throughout the township. A riot ensues when policemen fire at some of the children, and Sarafina faces years of imprisonment and torture for her role in the protest. Eventually, she is released and reunited with her mother. Finally together, the two women find mutual respect for the very different ways they both struggle against the oppressive forces dominating their lives.

Description by Buena Vista Home Entertainment.:

Sarafina!
Academy Award(R)-winning star Whoopi Goldberg (Best Supporting Actress -- GHOST) lights up the screen in her latest hit -- the exhilarating and entertaining SARAFINA! In a world where truth is forbidden, an inspiring teacher (Whoopi Goldberg) dares to instill in her students lessons not found in schoolbooks. In doing so, she challenges their freedom and hers. Applauded by critics and audiences everywhere, this upbeat and powerful story promises to stir your emotions and make your spirits soar!

Plot Synopsis:

A South African girl, named Sarafina, lives with her aunt and uncle in Soweto where she attends school. Her mother works as a maid in a white household in Johannesberg, and the two rarely see each other. Sarafina battles her feelings of abandonment and disappointment with passionate hero-worship of both imprisoned political activist Nelson Mandela and her rebellious history teacher, Mary Masombuka. Mary encourages the children to be proud of who they are, and aware of the political forces that rule their lives. She even helps the pupils put on a play expressing their desire for the eventual release of Mandela.
But when one of Sarafina's classmates gets involved in an arson attack, the police crack down hard on the students. As a result, the children boycott white-owned stores in the neighborhood, and tensions begin to rise. Even as Mary reassures Sarafina that she dreams of a free and peaceful South Africa, violence erupts throughout the township. A riot ensues when policemen fire at some of the children, and Sarafina faces years of imprisonment and torture for her role in the protest. Eventually, she is released and reunited with her mother. Finally together, the two women find mutual respect for the very different ways they both struggle against the oppressive forces dominating their lives.

Plot Keywords:

Africa | Campus Life | Politics | Theatrical Release | True Story

Production Notes:

  • Shot in Agfa color.
  • Adapted from a musical by Mbongeni Ngema, a major force in South Africa's political theatre scene. The film was made, in part, to commemorate student resistance to the State of Emergency declared by the South African government in 1976 -- a decree that led to thirteen years of martial law.
  • Actress Leleti Khumalo reprises her Tony-nominated role from the musical's Broadway production.
  • Despite the fact that director Darrell James Roodt was only twenty-nine years old when he made "Sarafina!", this is the white South African's fourth feature film to date.
  • An R-rated version of the film is also available.

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  • UPC: 096009769390
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