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