The Color of Freedom

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Released 2007

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Director:
Bille August
Released:
2007
Rating:
R
The Color of Freedom, also released under the title Goodbye Bafana, is a dramatic account of the relationship between imprisoned South African civil rights leader, Nelson Mandela (Dennis Haysbert), and his prison guard James Gregory (Joseph Fiennes). Set in South Africa's recent past, when apartheid was still the accepted practice, the story follows the racist white Afrikaner guard at Robben Island evolve. Gregory, raised on a farm in the Transkei, is fluent in Mandela's native language, Xhosa, and he is chosen to spy on Mandela and his fellow political prisoners. Instead, Gregory and Mandela forge an unexpected friendship. Over the course of 20 years, the men grow to understand and care about one and other. Gregory realizes the unjust and inhumane treatment the government inflicts on black South Africans in their own country. The burgeoning relationship between the two men mirrors South Africa's transition from apartheid's brutality to the bright promise of a multiracial democracy. This film is based on James Gregory's book Goodbye Bafana: Nelson Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend.moreless
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