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Sarafina! (1992)

PG-13 09/18/1992 (US) MusicDramaFamily 1h 57m

She was their teacher. They were her hope.


The plot centers on students involved in the Soweto Riots, in opposition to the implementation of Afrikaans as the language of instruction in schools. The stage version presents a school uprising similar to the Soweto uprising on June 16, 1976. A narrator introduces several characters among them the school girl activist Sarafina. Things get out of control when a policeman shoots several pupils in a classroom. Nevertheless, the musical ends with a cheerful farewell show of pupils leaving school, which takes most of act two. In the movie version Sarafina feels shame at her mother's (played by Miriam Makeba in the film) acceptance of her role as domestic servant in a white household in apartheid South Africa, and inspires her peers to rise up in protest, especially after her inspirational teacher, Mary Masombuka (played by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version) is imprisoned.

  1. Darrell James Roodt


  2. Mbongeni Ngema


  3. William Nicholson


Top Billed Cast

  1. Leleti Khumalo

    Leleti Khumalo


  2. Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Mary Masembuko

  3. John Kani

    John Kani

    School Principal

  4. Miriam Makeba

    Miriam Makeba


  5. Mary Twala

    Mary Twala

    Sarafina's Grandmother

  6. Dumisani Dlamini


  7. Mbongeni Ngema


  8. Tertius Meintjes

    Tertius Meintjes

    Lieutenant Bloem

  9. Robert Whitehead

    Robert Whitehead


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Original Language English

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