Morgan Freeman's highly charged directorial debut, "Bopha" is a Zulu word meaning "to arrest" or "to detain." For the oppressive regime, it's an act of empowerment. For the swelling crowds of activists, it's an outraged cry of protest, a cry whose real world impact is still felt today.
In his directorial debut, actor Morgan Freeman cast a knowing eye on the ways the racist apartheid movement in South Africa--now demolished--divided South African blacks even from each other in this story of a black policeman. Danny Glover plays the cop, who believes he's trying to help his people, even while serving as a pawn of the racist government. When his son gets involved in the antiapartheid movement, he finds himself torn between his family (including long-suffering wife Alfre Woodard) and what he believes is his duty. A sorrowful, anger-tinged film featuring a complex performance by the marvelous Glover, who seems to come apart at the seams before your very eyes. --Marshall Fine
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