South African Iconic Movie ‘Sarafina!’ Selected for Cannes Film Festival’s Classics Section.
Premiered in 1992, ‘Sarafina!’ Has been selected for the 76th edition of the Cannes Film Festival 3 decades after it was first exhibited at the Festival.
Being adjudged a classic, the film has been reported to have been selected in the Cannes Classics section. This particular section validates films that add to the evolution of the motion picture arts and encourages the development of the film industry throughout the world.
Sarafina! is a 1992 musical drama film based on Mbongeni Ngema’s 1987 musical of the same name. The film was directed by Darrell Roodt and written by Ngema and William Nicholson, and stars Leleti Khumalo, Miriam Makeba, John Kani, Ngema, and Whoopi Goldberg; Khumalo reprises her role from the stage performance.
An international co-production of the South Africa, United States, France, and the United Kingdom, the film premiered on 11 May 1992, at the Cannes Film Festival.
Upon its release in 1992, the film became a major commercial success. With an obvious political undertone, Sarafina remains one of the best films that ever came out of the African continent. It is no surprise that South African Indian-origin filmmaker Anant Singh’s ‘Sarafina!’ got selected for Cannes again three decades later.
It should be reiterated that this selection is coming up after 30 years of it first premiered, which was welcomed with a 20-minute standing ovation.
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