The Color of Freedom
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The Color of Freedom
South Africa - 1968

Twenty-five million blacks are ruled by a minority of four million whites under the brutal Apartheid regime of the Nationalist Party Government. Black people have no vote, no land rights, no rights to freedom of movement, to own a business, to housing or education. Determined to retain power, whites ban all black opposition organizations, forcing their leaders into exile or imprisoning them for life on Robben Island.

James Gregory, a typical white Afrikaner, regards blacks as sub-human. Having grown up on a farm in the Transkei, he learned to speak… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Director August once had a knack for telling stories of adolescent bonds, and he makes good use of one childhood flashback and a scene in which Bafana and Mandela blend into one person. For a moment, he achieves a balance the rest of the film lacks."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"The film is most interesting when showing the ignorance of the Afrikaners. The film falters when trying to address the complexities of the political issues."
‑ Bill White, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Sincere as it patently is, and perfectly competently made, Goodbye Bafana progresses through the last years of the apartheid regime at a snail's pace."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Occasionally moving but mostly dry."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"A rose-tinted homage. But affecting too."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Full marks to director Bille August for achieving the near-impossible: crafting a film about Nelson Mandela that threatens to send you to sleep and reduces the great man himself to mere background noise."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"Another well-meaning, dopily prosaic movie of the sort that often gets a mercy nomination thrown its way ... Does a severe disservice to a truly great history."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"The script is lumpen and prosaic, the performances so-so, and the passage of the years deeply unconvincing."
‑ , Independent
"Goodbye Bafana should keep you locked in for most of its generous running time."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"A strong performance from Fiennes and excellent period detail can't energise a sluggish biographical drama."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"Opportunities to emotionally bond with happenings onscreen are far and few between."
‑ Russell Edwards, Variety
"n engaging, inspirational and ultimately uplifting drama with superb performances from its two leads."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"This is just painfully worthy TV-movie stuff."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Interesting story and OK performances but this takes a little time to warm up."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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