Join Summer Session and the Department of Film & Media Studies for a free screening of:
Directed by Darrell Roodt
Thursday, July 15, 2010
The "Teach and Resist" Film Series continues this Thursday with Sarafina!
Invite your colleagues, friends and family to this free event. The evening will also feature free snacks and a discussion after the film.
Visitor Parking: Available in the Mesa Structure for $5.
In apartheid South Africa during the Soweto Riots, a young student named Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo) is emboldened by her teacher (Whoopi Goldberg) to fight for change in her homeland. The film opens with students setting fire to their school to protest the use of Afrikaans as the language of instruction. Ingeniously using musical numbers to interrupt viewers' assumptions about revolt, the film shows education is a political battleground, as students are imprisoned, tortured, and killed, supposedly for their violent actions. But the film reveals that the true cause is state power that will not allow students to challenge racist domination. Spurred by her beloved mentor and thoughts of Nelson Mandela, Sarafina learns and the film instructs that true education is not limited by classroom walls, justice requires constant struggle, and revolution comes in unexpected forms.
(1992, South Africa/France/United Kingdom/USA, 117 minutes, Rated PG-13)
Other films in this series:
July 22nd - Half Nelson
For more information contact: FilmStudies@uci.edu