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LONG Métrage | 1994
In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema and Apartheid
Pays concerné : Afrique du Sud
Durée : 112 minutes
Genre : politique
Type : documentaire


Ce film s’interroge sur le rôle du cinéma durant les 45 ans du régime de l’apartheid.
A travers une multitude de fictions, documentaires et films de propagande, commentés par des écrivains, des réalisateurs et des ateurs qui ont subi l’apartheid, et d’autres qui se sont battus pour y mettre fin, le film donne la parole aux cinéastes et à la société qui ont été si souvent mal compris et mal représentés au cinéma.


Almost from the beginning of cinema, filmmakers have looked at the continent of Africa with a mixture of fear and fascination, prejudice and contempt. South Africa, with its fabulous mineral wealth, exotic locations, and white settlers, attracted scores of movie makers. Now, when the era of white rule has ended, IN DARKEST HOLLYWOODasks, What was the role of cinema during the 45 year reign of apartheid?

Through a mosaic of feature, documentary, and propaganda films, with commentary by writers, directors, and actors, some of whom supported apartheid, and others who fought to destroy it, IN DARKEST HOLLYWOOD turns the lens towards the filmmakers and the society they so often misunderstood and misrepresented.

This two-part series examines the role of cinema in both supporting and attacking apartheid. It questions Hollywood’s commitment to racial stereo types and reluctance to depict black heroes.

1994, 112 minutes

directed by:
Peter Davis
Daniel Riesenfeld

produced by:
Peter Davis
Daniel Riesenfeld

Among those appearing are:
Lewis Nkosi, Zakes Mokae, Sir Richard Attenborough, Lonel Rogosin, Thomas Mogotlane, Andre Brink, Euzhan Palcy.

(French and Spanish versions also available)


First Prize, Big Muddy Film Festival

Gold Plaque Award, Chicago International Film Festival;

London Film Festival;

Berlin Film Festival;

Amsterdam Film Festival.
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