Publication TypeFilm
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsRoodt, Darrell
Running Time117 minutes
Date Released10/09/1992
DistributorBuena Vista Pictures
CountryUnited States
Publication LanguageEnglish, Zulu

This musical drama tackles the 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa. Black school children, led by the charasmatic Sarafina, protest the decision to teach lessons in Afrikaans as well as the arrest of a favorite teacher. Their protest soon escalates into a broader uprising against apartheid, with students engaging in acts of violence and murder as the state brutally suppresses their activism. 


Leleti Khumalo

Whoopi Goldberg

Miriam Makeba 

John Kani  

Dumisani Dlamini 

Mbongeni Ngema 

Sipho Kunene

Tertius Meintjes

Robert Whitehead 

Somizi Mhlongo 

Nhlanhla Ngema

Faca Khulu 

Wendy Mseleku

Mary Twala 

James Mthoba


Produced by Anant Singh and David M. Thompson

Directed by Darrell Roodt

Written by Mbongeni Ngema and William Nicholson

Cinematography by Mark Vicente

Edited by David Heitner

Music by Mbongeni Ngema, Stanley Myers, and Hugh Masekela


Drama, Musical 

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