Sarafina!

Last Updated on: October 18th, 2023

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Sarafina! Description

Sarafina! (Hollywood Pictures Movie)

“Sarafina!” is a musical drama film released in 1992, directed by Darrell Roodt. The movie is based on the 1987 musical of the same name by Mbongeni Ngema, who also co-wrote and co-produced the film. It stars Leleti Khumalo as Sarafina and Whoopi Goldberg as Mary Masombuka.

The story is set in the 1970s during the apartheid era in South Africa and follows Sarafina, a young black schoolgirl who becomes involved in the student protests against the oppressive apartheid regime. She is inspired by her teacher, Mary Masombuka, to stand up for her rights and fight against the injustice of the system.

As the students engage in peaceful protests and demonstrations, they face violence and repression from the authorities. The film portrays the struggles of the students, their resilience, and the power of music and dance as a means of resistance and unity.

“Sarafina!” is known for its powerful performances, moving musical numbers, and its depiction of the harsh realities faced by black South Africans under apartheid. The film highlights the importance of education and empowerment in the fight for justice and equality.

The movie received positive reviews for its poignant storytelling and social commentary, and it has become a touchstone for audiences interested in stories that shed light on historical injustices and the power of activism and art in the face of adversity.

“Sarafina!” serves as a touchstone for viewers seeking a compelling and emotional film that captures the spirit of resistance and hope during one of the darkest chapters in South Africa’s history. It remains a powerful reminder of the importance of standing up against oppression and fighting for a better future.



Sarafina! Cast
  • Leleti Khumalo: Sarafina
  • Whoopi Goldberg: Mary Masembuko
  • Miriam Makeba: Angelina
  • John Kani: School Principal
  • Dumisani Dlamini: Crocodile
  • Mbongeni Ngema: Sabela
  • Sipho Kunene: Guitar
  • Tertius Meintjes: Lieutenant Bloem
  • Robert Whitehead: Interrogator
  • Somizi Mhlongo: Fire
  • Nhlanhla Ngema: Stimela
  • Faca Khulu: Eddie
  • Wendy Mseleku: China
  • Mary Twala: Sarafina’s Grandmother
  • James Mthoba: Sarafina’s Uncle

Sarafina! Crew
  • Director: Darrell Roodt
  • Writers: Mbongeni Ngema and William Nicholson


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