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A Dry White Season (15) + Introduction by Akua Gyamfi

Hidden Figures: Euzhan Palcy

a group of black people standing up in court with their fists raised

Euzhan Palcy became the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film for this potent drama set at the height of the anti-Apartheid movement.

Donald Sutherland, Susan Sarandon and Marlon Brando star in Euzhan Palcy’s scathing indictment of South African Apartheid. Sutherland plays Ben, a teacher who has been shielded from the plight of black South Africans, until the violent abuse of his gardener (Winston Ntshona) and the latter’s son brings the crisis to his door.

Brando was nominated for an Oscar for his bravura cameo as a sympathetic lawyer, while Zakes Mokae excels as Ben’s driver, who helps fight for justice. At great personal risk, Palcy travelled to Soweto and worked undercover to research the riots before making the film.

US 1989 Dir Euzhan Palcy 106 min


In partnership with HOME, Manchester 

Akua Gyamfi is a script consultant and journalist whose career spans fashion, film, television, theatre, radio, print and online media. In 2012, Akua launched multi-award winning platform The British Blacklist, which serves as an online portal celebrating the work of African Caribbean British creative professionals both in front and behind the scenes.

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