Cry, the Beloved Country

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South Africa: Apartheid and After

Cry, the Beloved Country

  • 1951
  • Directed By: Zoltan Korda
  • Rated Not Rated
  • Drama
  • 103 Minutes
  1. Tuesday, October 22, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Image from the film Cry The Beloved Country
Based on Alan Paton’s famous novel illustrating racial divisions in post-World War II South Africa, Cry, the Beloved Country, was filmed on location during the first years of apartheid. The film dramatizes the collision of African rural and urban cultures. Actors Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee star, while having to negotiate South Africa’s complex racial terrain while shooting the film. Although critical of South African racism, the film also represents Paton’s view that black South Africans proved poorly adaptable to modern urban industrial life. (16mm presentation)

South Africa: Apartheid and After

Between 1948 and 1994, South Africa stood out as a defiant last redoubt of official white supremacy and extreme racial segregation. This series offers a range of visual and narrative treatments of the problems of political repression, racial discrimination, the peculiarities of life under apartheid, and the persistent links between the U.S. and South Africa. The series is sponsored by the History Department, African Studies, Black Film Center/Archive and IU Cinema and is shown in conjunction with the Mathers Museum exhibit Margaret Bourke-White and the Dawn of Apartheid. Screenings are free, but ticketed.