Cape Town – The film Sarafina! will be shown for free in cinemas and on e.tv on Youth Day on Thursday.
For the 40th anniversary of the "Soweto Uprising" on 16 June 1976 the film, set in Soweto, will be shown for free at cinemas on Thursday across South Africa at 12:00.
The film made in 1992, follows the story of a group of students who publicly protest against police presence in their schools during South Africa's Apartheid. The film contains scenes of violence, public protests and damage of property during protests.
"Sarafina! has been an inspiration to me, firstly in getting the film made, and then being inspired by how it was embraced by the people of South Africa and the rest of the world," says producer Anant Singh in a statement.
e.tv will also broadcast Sarafina! on Thursday at 20:30 and repeated on Friday morning at 00:15, with another showing on the eMovies+ channel on OpenView HD chanel 107 on Saturday 18 June at 18:00.
"Sarafina! is a movie that best portrays the significant history and role of the youth of 1976. Our viewers should expect to be empowered and educated," says Marlon Davids, the acting managing director of e.tv's channels division.
e.tv, VideoVision Entertainment, United International Pictures, Ster-Kinekor, Nu Metro and Times Media are working together to screen Sarafina! with Leleti Khumalo, John Kani and Whoopi Goldberg, and directed by Darrell Roodt.
See the trailer here:
Here's where you can watch it at the cinema
Johannesburg: Maponya Mall, Southgate, Newtown Junction, Carlton Centre, Sandton, Eastgate, East Rand Mall
Pretoria: Sterland, Brooklyn Commercial, Kolonnade
Vanderbijlpark: Vaal Mall (new site opening on 16 June)
Potchefstroom: Mooi Rivier
Bloemfontein: Mimosa Mall
Kimberley: North Cape
Port Elizabeth: Baywest Mall, The Bridge
Cape Town: Tygervalley, Blue Route, Parow, Eikestad
In Kwa-Zulu Natal, Videovision Entertainment has teamed up with the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission for community screenings from 20 to 26 June in Umlazi, Clermont, Chesterville, KwaMashu and The Bat Centre.
In Johannesburg the The Soweto Theatre will show Sarafina! until 19 June and at the Jo’burg Theatre between 20 and 25 June. In Cape Town the film will be screened for school children from the Athlone and Mitchells Plain areas on 22 June.
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