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The Color of Freedom

The Color of Freedom (2007)


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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



Greg Latter, Bille August

May 20, 2008

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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.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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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.

May 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Opportunities to emotionally bond with happenings onscreen are far and few between.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

December 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

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.

December 12, 2007 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

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

June 9, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

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.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

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

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Independent


May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Occasionally moving but mostly dry.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Goodbye Bafana should keep you locked in for most of its generous running time.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This is just painfully worthy TV-movie stuff.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

A rose-tinted homage. But affecting too.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

A strong performance from Fiennes and excellent period detail can't energise a sluggish biographical drama.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

Interesting story and OK performances but this takes a little time to warm up.

May 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's a portrait of political activism that makes John and Yoko's bed-in look lively.

April 17, 2007 Full Review Source:

Forceful and timely stuff.

April 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Europudding in chocolate sauce.

April 11, 2007 Full Review Source:

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