South Africa, 1976. The police ruled Gordan Ngubene's death a suicide. But when Afrikaans schoolteacher Ben du Toit saw the body he knew his friend of 15 years was the victim of police torture. Seeking justice, Ben hires barrister Ian McKenzie to represent the Ngubene family at the inquest, but the judge ignores the evidence and exonerates the police. Refusing to "give it up," Ben risks his family and career as he takes on a system run by racists, thugs and murderers. For if you're not with the Afrikaners, you're against them. And choosing the wrong side could get you killed.
An Excellent Film on the Awful Subject of Apartheid
- A Dry White Season review by Cato
This film is about South Africa at the awful time when the Afrikaners ran their repulsive system of punishing, and indeed killing black people because of the colour of their skin. At times the violence is awful, and I wouldn't recommend the film to anyone who is at all squeamish at the sight of blood. The acting is first rate, particularly from Marlon Brando, who plays a lawyer who defends the victims of the awful punishment. It is not a long part, perhaps only fifteen minutes,, but in that time his genius shines out. Brilliant. Donald Sutherland gives a sensitive performance as the teacher who stands up for the poor people being besieged, and pays an awful price for his struggles. Well worth watching, if only for Brando's performance.
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Brilliant, Terrible, and True
- A Dry White Season review by CH
I am not sure how widely this well-made film is known. It has excellent pacing, characterisation, all of it unflinching - with a cameo by Marlon Brando, who brings something of Rumpole to the part. Also the child actors are excellent.