Sarafina! (1992)

She was their teacher. They were her hope.

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The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator introduces several characters among them the school girl activist Sarafina. Things get out of control when a policeman shoots several pupils in a classroom. Nevertheless, the musical ends with a cheerful farewell show of pupils leaving school, which takes most of act two. In the movie version Sarafina feels shame at her mother's (played by Miriam Makeba in the film) acceptance of her role as domestic servant in a white household in apartheid South Africa, and inspires her peers to rise up in protest, especially after her inspirational teacher, Mary Masombuka (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version) is imprisoned.

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    Production David M. Thompson Producer
    Writing William Nicholson Screenplay
    Editing Megan Gill First Assistant Editor
    Art Emilia Roux Set Decoration
    Directing Darrell James Roodt Director
    Production Anant Singh Producer
    Production Helena Spring Executive Producer
    Costume & Make-Up Debra-Lee Davidson Makeup Artist
    Sound Stanley Myers Music
    Crew Mark Vicente Cinematography
    Production Kirk D'Amico Executive Producer
    Editing Peter Hollywood Editor
    Editing David Heitner Editor
    Art David Barkham Production Design
    Production Sudhir Pragjee Executive Producer
    Production Sanjeev Singh Executive Producer
    Directing Graham Hickson First Assistant Director
    Production Tania Jenkins Line Producer
    Sound Nicky De Beer Supervising Sound Editor
    Editing Sarah Thomas Editor
    Crew Rick Cresswell Special Effects Coordinator
    Writing Mbongeni Ngema Screenplay
    Writing Mbongeni Ngema Theatre Play