Cinematographer Menges' first directoral effort is a blistering, insightful drama told from the point of view of a 13-year-old white girl living in South Africa, oblivious to apartheid until her crusading journalist mother is arrested under the 90-Day Detention Act, under which she might remain in prison permanently. Political morality tale is also a look at the family-vs-cause choices activists must make. Heavily lauded, with good reason; the autobiographical script is based on Slovo's parents, persecuted South African journalists Joe Slovo and Ruth First.
Available on VHS
Running time 114 minutes.
Originally from British.
British Acad. 1988: Orig. Screenplay; Cannes 1988: Actress (Hershey), Actress (May, Mvusi), Grand Jury Prize; N.Y. Film Critics 1988: Director (Menges).
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