Good Movie Review On The Phenomenon Of Apartheid In South Africa On The Basis Of “Cry, The Beloved Country” By Darrell Roodt
In 1946 South Africa divided its inhabitants into racial groups, among which were the white and the colored. The natives had fewer rights than the white, and this is basically what the phenomenon “apartheid” means. Black people were segregated and stayed under the pressure and dependence to the white. It is the period in the history of South Africa when the tribal community saw its degradation and disintegration. The highly populated urban area is contrasted to the rural one but both suffer from the oppressions of white people who don’t even call in question the probability that people might be equal. Black people are perceived as of the second-rate quality who can only work as servants.
The movie “Cry, the Beloved Country” by Darrell Roodt demonstrates vividly the gap between two racial classes, the differences between their ways of life and perspectives for future.
The viewer empathizes with the black priest while his journey and sees all the injustice that happened to the black people in that period. In the court, the seats were divided into those for the white and for the colored. He finds out that black people disappear after going to work to the mines, and their wives willing to find them become prostitutes because this is one of the few ways to get money. Though there already exist the fighters for justice among the black (the priest’s brother), they are still indifferent to the sufferings of their people and do it mostly for money and power because this is what the politics is always about.
The genius of both the author of the novel and the director of the movie lies in revealing the connection of the two representatives and the entwinement of their destinies. Both lost their beloved sons and both outwore the greatest sorrow. And the strongest extends the hand of friendship to the weakest.
HOLDEN, STEPHEN. "Cry, the Beloved Country". The New York Times (1995). Literary Reference Center. Web. 8 Feb. 2015.