Color of Freedom
Color of Freedom (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: December 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: May 20, 2008
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John Hartl
Seattle Times

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.

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

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.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

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.

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Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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.

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Independent (UK)

The script is lumpen and prosaic, the performances so-so, and the passage of the years deeply unconvincing.

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Russell Edwards

Opportunities to emotionally bond with happenings onscreen are far and few between.

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Matthew Turner

n engaging, inspirational and ultimately uplifting drama with superb performances from its two leads.

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Johnny Vaughan
The Sun (UK)
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