Color of Freedom


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 Afrikaner, regards blacks as sub-human. Having grown up on a farm in the Transkei, he learned to speak Xhosa at an early age. This makes him an ideal choice to become the warder in charge of Mandela and his comrades on Robben Island. After all, Gregory speaks their language and can spy on them. However, the plan backfires. Through Mandela's influence, Gregory's allegiance gradually shifts from the racist government to the struggle for a free South Africa.

Goodbye Bafana tracks the unlikely but profound relationship between these two men. Through their unique friendship, we witness not only Gregory's growing awareness of man's inhumanity to man, but South Africa's evolution from Apartheid to a vibrant democracy.

The story, which documents how Mandela became the most inspirational political figure of the modern world, poses the questions: Who is the prisoner? And who sets whom free? --© Paramount Classics

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Joseph Fiennes
as James Gregory
Dennis Haysbert
as Nelson Mandela
Diane Kruger
as Gloria Gregory
Faith Ndukwana
as Winnie Mandela
Patrick Lyster
as Maj Pieter Jordaan
Shiloh Henderson
as Brent Gregory
Tyron Keogh
as Brent Gregory
Megan Smith
as Natasha Gregory
Jessica Manuel
as Natasha Gregory
Terry Pheto
as Zindzi Mandela
Leslie Mongezi
as Walter Sisulu
Zingi Mtuzula
as Raymond Mhlaba
Mehboob Bawa
as Ahmed Kathrada
Shakes Myeko
as Andrew Mlangeni
Sizwe Msutu
as Cyril Ramaphosa
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (4)

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.

Dec 14, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

This is just painfully worthy TV-movie stuff.

May 11, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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…
Time Out
Top Critic

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

Apr 14, 2007 | Full Review…

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.

Dec 13, 2007 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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.

Dec 12, 2007 | Full Review…

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