Red Dust

2006-03-30 13:03


Police officer Dirk Hendricks (Bartlett) files an amnesty application for Alex Mpondo (Ejiofor), a member of the South African Parliament who can't remember the torture he once endured as a captive political activist. South African-born attorney Sarah Barcant (Swank), meanwhile, returns to her homeland to represent Mpondo, as well as Steve Sizela, Mpondo's friend who arrested along with him and never heard from again.

What the critics are saying:

"...though Hooper falters on the side of manipulation, the story remains engrossing."
- Marta Barber, The Miami Herald

"Despite the best efforts of everyone involved with the film, Red Dust is nevertheless one of those movies that tackles a serious and important subject matter - but never quite becomes as compelling or intriguing as we get the impression it's supposed to be."
- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews

"The film goes a long way toward explaining the healing philosophy and methodology behind the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which could serve an example to all damaged peoples of how best to seek justice."
- Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter

Top SA actors Ian Roberts and Marius Weyers star opposite Hillary Swank in this gripping drama set during the TRC.

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