As part of commemorating the Youth Day-June 16, Ster-Kinekor will screen this award winning musical hit country-wide.
Released in 1992, Sarafina! is the story of innocence giving way to experience and of hope battling with despair. It is a film that burns with a raw truth about life in apartheid South Africa.
The film is an anti-apartheid musical about a young Soweto girl, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo), who experiences a political awakening. As she comes of age in the mid-’70s, she is encouraged by the lessons of her teacher, Mary Masombuka (Whoopi Goldberg), who tends not to follow the white power-structure’s curriculum.
In adopting a campaign of resistance against the police presented in her school, Sarafina imagines the support of her role-model, Nelson Mandela, who is her inspiration to survive.
Wanda Matandela, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres says: “June 16 this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings. To commemorate this auspicious event in our country’s history, we feel it is opportune to host a free screening of the film that reflects an important event in the struggle, through song and dance.
“Sarafina! is a tribute to the youth of our young democracy and, 40 years on, it still carries a relevant message to today’s learners. We encourage them to come through to our cinemas and enjoy this free screening, in celebration of their special day.”
Produced by Anant Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, the film is for FREE at all participating Malls on first come, first service basis- according to the organizers.
It features Leleti Khumalo alongside Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, John Kani, the late Miriam Makeba, Robert Whitehead and Mbongeni Ngema.
It will hit the screens at the following Malls:
Johannesburg: Maponya Mall, Southgate, Newtown Junction, Carlton Centre, Sandton, Eastgate, East Rand Mall.
Pretoria: Sterland, Brooklyn Commercial, Kolonnade
Vanderbijlpark: Vaal Mall (new site opening on 16 June)
Potchefstroom: Mooi Rivier
Bloemfontein: Mimosa Mall
Kimberley: North Cape
Port Elizabeth: Baywest Mall, The Bridge
Cape Town: Tygervalley, Blue Route, Parow, Eikestad
It begins at 12 noon.