The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining concern is convinced that their interests would be better served in a stable South Africa and they quietly dispatch Michael Young, their head of public affairs, to open an unofficial dialogue between the bitter rivals. Assembling a reluctant yet brilliant team to pave the way to reconciliation by confronting obstacles that initially seem insurmountable, Young places his trust in ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse. It is their empathy that will ultimately serve as the catalyst for change by proving more powerful than the terrorist bombs that threaten to disrupt the peaceful dialogue.

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  1. Paula Milne


  2. Pete Travis


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  1. Amelia Bullmore

    Amelia Bullmore


  2. Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    President Thabo Mbeki

  3. William Hurt

    William Hurt

    Professor Will Esterhuyse

  4. Mark Strong

    Mark Strong

    Dr. Niel Barnard

  5. Derek Jacobi

    Derek Jacobi

    Rudolph Agnew

  6. Timothy West

    Timothy West

    P.W. Botha

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 49m

Budget $22,000,000.00

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  • January 18, 2009
    PG-13, Theatrical



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