A Dry White Season

1989, Movie, R, 97 mins

A polemic against South African apartheid, this may not meet criteria for "great" filmmaking, but director Euzhan Palcy's film succeeds in being significant. History teacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland), an Afrikaner, lives a comfortable middle-class existence with wife Susan (Janet Suzman) and their children in Johannesburg in the 1970s. He finds all of his personal and political ties thrown into question, however, following the event that sparked the Soweto uprising of 1976, when a peaceful protest march by black schoolchildren demanding better education was put down in a bloody massacre. When his longtime gardener (Winston Ntshona), in the process of trying t...
Released: 1989 Rated: R Length: 97 mins

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