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Sarafina
Sarafina
Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani, Dumisani Dlamini
Director: Darrell Roodt
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
PG-13     2002     1hr 57min

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 teach...  more »

     

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Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani, Dumisani Dlamini
Director: Darrell Roodt
Creators: Mbongeni Ngema, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, Helena Spring, Kirk D'Amico, Sanjeev Singh, William Nicholson
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Musicals
Studio: WALT DISNEY VIDEO
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/04/2002
Original Release Date: 01/01/1992
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1992
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 57min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Still powerful after all this time
Andrew | Boston MASS | 05/11/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I think all who have seen Sarafina agree it is a powerful movie. What's more, it's beautiful at the same time. Listen to the voices of the choir in this movie. Sarafina started as a musical, and that talent is prevalent in the film version as well. The accapellas are spectacular, and the choir sings in South African fashion. It gives me a chill.I enjoyed seeing Whoopi Goldberg in a dramatic role, versus the comedy shtick she usally does. Lastly, tt's interesting seeing the conditions that apartheid era blacks lived in South Africa. Thank goodness apartheid is over. I'm glad what we see in this movie is now history!"
The Struggle for Justice
Elijah Chingosho | Nairobi, Kenya | 05/08/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

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"Sarafina" is a powerful and moving film about the struggle of South African school kids for survival and freedom against apartheid. It is a story of determination, perseverance and courage against tremendous odds. It teaches us that good will always triumph against evil: that the oppressed will always fight back and die to regain their freedom and dignity. The viewer will have a picture of what life was like under apartheid, ranging from school life, living conditions for blacks, the prisons and the brutal police.

I particularly love the beautiful South African music with its rich and outstanding vocals, percussion, horns and the like. You will love the sounds of veterans musicians like Hugh Masekela, Miriam Makeba.

This is highly recommended for those who want to learn the history of the struggle against social injustice in South Africa.
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Love it!
Andrew | 07/09/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The movie tells a lot about what went during the turbulent times in South Africa.Sarafina is a South African girl who is part of an anti-segregation group in Soweto, South Africa. She went to a school governed by white soldiers learning only about the white history. Her history teacher secretly taught about how the students could make a difference. Sarafina participate in many dangerous protests where her friends have gotten injured, arrested and even killed.This movie is very educational and would do well in a eighth grade classroom."
Sounds of freedom!
Nse Ette | Lagos, Nigeria | 09/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"`Sarafina!' is the soundtrack to the brilliant musical movie starring Whoopi Goldberg as a radical school teacher in apartheid South Africa, and a bright sunny student named Sarafina. Whoopi allegedly agreed to appear in Sister Act II on the condition that this movie got promoted by Hollywood.

The soundtrack comprises mostly South African music, rich in percussion, organs, horns, guitars, throbbing bass, and the outstanding vocals and harmonizing South African music is famous for.

Opening track `Sarafina!' by Hugh Masakela is a bouncy, rhythmic number performed by the cast. Melodic guitars and darting horns make this a winner. In a similar vein is `Freedom is coming tomorrow'.

`The Lord's prayer' is a dramatic rendition of the famous prayer. It starts off slow and accapella with organ accompaniment, before the rich African rhythm heralds a joyous chorale performance. This was performed by the entire school cast at the start of another school day.

`Thank you mama' is a tender lilting ballad that kicks off with chants and rolling guitars. A love song between mother (Miriam Makeba) and daughter (Leleti Khumalo).

Most of the other songs are typical beautiful South African sounds, ranging from down tempo lament-like songs to joyous celebrations; `Nkonyane Kandaba' (lament-like), `Sabela', `Sechaba', `Safa Saphel' Isizwe' (lament-like), the guitar laden `Vuma Dlozi Lami' and `Lizobuya'.

`One more time' features the fiery vocals of James Ingram, with South African backing vocals which transform what would have otherwise been a bland R&B song.

A brilliant movie and soundtrack!
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