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Sarafina!

Whoopi Goldberg , Leleti Khumalo , Darrell Roodt    VHS Tape
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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1.0 out of 5 stars movie fails miserably where stage play soars! May 21 2004
Format:Audio CD
This movie was the biggest dissappointment of the early 90's! In an attempt to make it relevant to western viewers, the film makers completely changed the story, the music, and the over-all tone of this important piece of theater. Whoopi, of all people!? Give me a break! She was horrible. And why would you change the most beautiful and powerful South African Township music to sound like African American gospel music? It just didn't work for me at all. If you've only seen the movie version and never had the opportunity to experience Sarafina on stage, you probably won't be able to understand where I'm coming from. Having been blessed with seeing it twice as it toured the country, I can say with out a doubt that the movie version failed miserably where the stage play soared to the highest heights!
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5.0 out of 5 stars EMOTIONAL -SENSITIVE - INSPIRING Oct. 6 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I first stumbled across this viodeo in a library in London. I have watched it time and time again. Its content are not fiction but reflections on the past lives of South African Blacks and their struggle for survival and liberation under the white apartheid regime.
If I were Black South African, I would have died alongside those freedom fighters who are not here today. This video can make you to shed tears whether you are white or black.
Injustice and maltreatment of human by fellow human can be counter productive. Watch Sarafina, own your copy and pay attention to Africa's continuous problems. Its about time the imparialists and colonialist feel guilty and sorry for their sins,
God bless Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still powerful after all this time May 10 2004
By Andrew
Format:DVD
I think all who have seen Sarafina agree it is a powerful movie. What's more, it's beautiful at the same time. Listen to the voices of the choir in this movie. Sarafina started as a musical, and that talent is prevalent in the film version as well. The accapellas are spectacular, and the choir sings in South African fashion. It gives me a chill.
I enjoyed seeing Whoopi Goldberg in a dramatic role, versus the comedy shtick she usally does.
Lastly, tt's interesting seeing the conditions that apartheid era blacks lived in South Africa. Thank goodness apartheid is over. I'm glad what we see in this movie is now history!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! July 8 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The movie tells a lot about what went during the turbulent times in South Africa.
Sarafina is a South African girl who is part of an anti-segregation group in Soweto, South Africa. She went to a school governed by white soldiers learning only about the white history. Her history teacher secretly taught about how the students could make a difference. Sarafina participate in many dangerous protests where her friends have gotten injured, arrested and even killed.
This movie is very educational and would do well in a eighth grade classroom.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Film! March 18 2003
Format:DVD
This movie takes you on such an emotional journey. It's difficult not to become drawn into this film because of its powerful story and characters. It's an awesome story of determination. Not to mention, it's a histrically significant film as well. Anyone interested in stories of social justice should see this film. The characters are extra ordinary and the stories will take you places you'll never have to experience in real life. It's a great movie to watch, but bring tissue!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SARAFINA AND MY THOUGHTS Oct. 7 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I THINK THAT EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE A CHANCE TO PURCHASE THIS MOVIE CAUSE IT IS VERY INSPIERING. THE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPEND IN AFRICA AND TO IT'S CHILDREN. I THINK THAT YOU SHOULD RE-RELEASE IT. THE TEACHERS TODAY DON'T GET ENOUGH RESPECT NOW BUT THEN IF YOU DIDNT RESPECT YOUR TEACHERS YOU WOULD BE BEATEN OR KILLED. SUSAN LITELL
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