A World Apart

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Released 1988

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A World Apart

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Director:
Chris Menges
Released:
1988
Rating:
PG
A World Apart is a 1988 anti-apartheid drama directed by Chris Menges and written by Shawn Slovo. The film is based on the lives of writer Slovo's parents, Joe Slovo and Ruth First. Taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1963, the film examines the abrupt ending of 13-year-old Molly's (Jodhi May) happy childhood when her father, a communist and anti-Apartheid-activist, is forced to go into exile and her mother Diana (Barbara Hershey) must continue her fight against Apartheid alone, without the help of her husband. Due to the attempts at intimidation by the military police and the imprisonment of Molly's mother, the relationship between mother and daughter faces a severe test. The "world apart" of the title refers both to the gap between the woman and the teenage girl, who doesn't understand why her mother is so obsessed by events beyond the comfortable world of the white suburbs, and the space between that white world and that of the black majority.moreless

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Drama

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Social Issues, Politics, Independent