The show also enjoyed a two-year run on Broadway, for which Khumalo was nominated for a Best Actress Tony Award in A young Sarafina, lives with her aunt and uncle in Soweto where she attends school while her mother works as a maid in a white household in Johannesburg. The film was screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. At an early age, she participated in Amajika, a backyard dance troupe organized by entertainer Tu Nokwe, a member of one of South Africa’s most celebrated musical families. Full Cast and Crew. Lead character played by Leleti Khumalo reprises her role again as wide-eyed Sarafina, a Soweto teen in South Africa planning a high school musical about Nelson Mandela and while at the same time, getting involved in a protests with her fellow students about the apartheid that was going on.

Mistress asks the students to name the countries: Leleti Khumalo is such an artist. We should remember that it is only when South Africa is free that all of Africa can be free! Her movie and television roles started coming in rapid succession as well. Masembuko and kept her imprisoned. Jumpin’ Jack Flash

And as they lower the coffins into graves, the students cry out, “Afunani Amaphoyisa eSoweto” “What are the police doing in Soweto? David is a teenager whose parents are sarafiina a deteriorating marriage after their infant daughter dies. Written by Isaac Museka Lupupa. Khumalo’s character, named Yesterday because her father believed everything was better yesterdayis a South African woman who is ostracized by her community after being diagnosed with AIDS. Watching Leleti Khumalo grow into new kinds of roles is an exciting prospect indeed for her many fans all over the world.


Additional songs by Hugh Masekela. Companies involved included the British Broadcasting Corporation. Mbongeni Ngema William Nicholson. Premiere, November storylinf, pp. As tentions of Apatheid spreads accross South Africa, many students revolts to massive stone throw, a demonstration that comes in a wake of the introduction of Afrikanas language as a means of teaching.

Finally, it is the end of the school year. This screen play is written by Mbongeni Ngema. The team is struggling with a mediocre record when, in mid-season, “Wild Bill” When a student mentions Libya, a policeman who has been patrolling the school corridor enters the classroom, waving his rifle in front of the students.

I wish we could have a sequel to it.

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You make war on my country, I’m going to kill you. A priest delivers a eulogy: Sarafina tells how Mxenge won a court case for a black woman who had been raped by a white man.

We should remember that it is only when South Africa is free that all of Africa can be free! The extended version, released inwas rated R for strong scenes of violence. Cry, the Beloved Country, In a township of Soweto, a group of storgline, led by a young beautiful and intelligent girl Sarafina, mastermind a plot to rise against the Apatheid regime by velmently rejecting the proposal to have Africanas as a medium of instruction and this angers the white people and results in a massive unrest of the students and those others supporting them.

Views Read Edit View history. But Sarafina’s role in being active in the protest causes her time in prison where she is tortured simply because she and others demand equal rights as human beings. A riot ensues when the police open fire at the school children. In the musical’s explosive finale the students present a class play about the symbolic Day of Liberation they all dream of—when their hero, Nelson Mandela is released after more than 20 years in prison.


When Sarafina asks, “Why do we have to learn about beautiful cities in England which have nothing to do with us? Mistress asks the students to name the countries: Don’t you know it’s against the law?

Like most black families there, Khumalo’s lived in dire poverty. Sarafina reason for joining the protest was largely based on scoping out the boys rather than the cause itself.

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Sarafina has been put in jail for stirring up trouble. The uprising marked the beginning of a period of violent unrest that continues even today. Two women, black and white, in Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King. The film sttoryline screened out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival. Full Cast and Crew.

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