Ster-Kinekor has announced that it will be hosting a free screening of the iconic South African film, Sarafina! at select cinemas on Youth Day – 16 June. The screening will take place at 12 noon, and tickets will be issued on a first come, first served basis at each of the cinemas.
Says Wanda Matandela, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres: “June 16 this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Soweto uprisings. To commemorate this auspicious event in our country’s history, we feel it is opportune to host a free screening of the film that reflects an important event in the struggle, through song and dance.
“Sarafina! is a tribute to the youth of our young democracy and, 40 years on, it still carries a relevant message to today’s learners. We encourage them to come through to our cinemas and enjoy this free screening, in celebration of their special day.”
The film is an anti-apartheid musical about a young Soweto girl, Sarafina (Leleti Khumalo), who experiences a political awakening. As she comes of age in the mid-’70s, she is encouraged by the lessons of her teacher, Mary Masombuka (Whoopi Goldberg), who tends not to follow the white power-structure’s curriculum. In adopting a campaign of resistance against the police presented in her school, Sarafina imagines the support of her role-model, Nelson Mandela, who is her inspiration to survive.
Sarafina! is the story of innocence giving way to experience and, of hope battling with despair. It is a film that burns with a raw truth about life in apartheid South Africa.
The hit musical film, produced by Anant Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt, stars Leleti Khumalo alongside Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, John Kani, the late Miriam Makeba, Robert Whitehead and Mbongeni Ngema. The film was originally released in 1992.
The free screening of Sarafina! will take place on Thursday, 16 June at 12:00 at the following Ster-Kinekor cinemas:
Johannesburg: Maponya Mall | Southgate | Newtown Junction | Carlton Centre | Sandton | Eastgate | East Rand Mall
Pretoria: Sterland | Brooklyn Commercial | Kolonnade
Vanderbijlpark: Vaal Mall (new site opening on 16 June)
Potchefstroom: Mooi Rivier
Bloemfontein: Mimosa Mall
Kimberley: North Cape
Port Elizabeth: Baywest Mall | The Bridge
Cape Town: Tygervalley | Blue Route | Parow | Eikestad