Fewer films have managed to capture the mood of a nation as the musical drama film Sarafina! did three decades ago. Nelson Mandela had just been released from 27-year captivity, South Africa was about to witness the birth of a new nation and Apartheid was ceding ground to self-determination; but internecine political violence threatened miscarriage of a promise conceived and carried for decades.
With its portrayal of the Soweto Uprising, the film was a nagging reminder of the nation’s turbulent past.
Initially frowned upon by Hollywood producers, the film became an instant hit when it was released to great acclaim and resonance, receiving a standing ovation at the 1992 Cannes Film festival. Music and dance played a key role in South Africa’s liberation struggle, and with a cast that combined Tony Award nominee Leleti Khumalo with the Oscar award winner Whoopi Goldberg and the iconic Miriam Makeba, the relentless spirit of a generation was aptly portrayed in ageless reel.
To commemorate this timeless African classic, Sarafina will make a comeback when Anga Cinema Diamond Plaza holds a premiere event in a throwback themed party tonight at the Anga Diamond Plaza 2.
The premiere is themed ‘Alumni Edition’, with the dress code being ‘Represent your High School’, It’s a unique event and an opportunity whether you are a newbie or simply want to relive the Sarafina! moments that bowled you over.
Tickets available: https://kenyabuzz.com/events/event/sarafina-1
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