When South African teacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) learns that his gardener’s (Zakes Mokae) son was beaten up by the police at a protest rally, he slowly begins to understand the cruelty of apartheid. This attempt to awaken the white South African middle class from its uneducated slumber was delivered by a black, female director, but the film falls in the shadow of Cry Freedom (1987). The acting is fine, including Marlon Brando as the seasoned human rights attorney, and it’s a worthy project, but without remarkable ingredients, moments where the filmmakers have you by the balls emotionally.
1989-U.S. 107 min. Color. Directed by Euzhan Palcy. Screenplay: Colin Welland, Euzhan Palcy. Novel: Andre Brink. Cast: Donald Sutherland (Ben du Toit), Janet Suzman (Susan du Toit), Zakes Mokae (Stanley Makhaya), Jürgen Prochnow, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando.