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A Feature film by Ramadan Suleman

Produced by JBA Production

Release in France : 03/09/1997

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Production and distribution (5)

Executive Producer :

JBA Production

Foreign production companies :

Ebano Multimedia, The Movie Magic Channel - M-Net, Framework International, Natives at Large

French distribution :

Cinéma Public Films

Co-production :

Périphérie Production

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Charterston Township, December 1989. Professor Zamani is respected in the township. To be sure, he once raped one of his students but the com-munity turned a blind eye. Zamani used to rail against the apartheid system but those days are long gone. Now he teaches South African history in the Afrikaner language and grudgingly organizes the picnic for National Day, which commemorates the Boers' massacre of the Zulu nation... When Zani, the rape victim's brother, returns from Swaziland where he won a place in school, he is determined to change everything. In the small hours, in the waiting room at Johannesburg station, he runs into Prof. Zamani, who's spent the night on the town. They travel back together to the harsh reality of the township. In due course, Zamani regains some of his pride and Zani, inevitably, loses some of his...under the gaze of the women, who never renounced their dignity


"Fools" is aimed both at the black and white communities. So that the former can see itself as a community even in its most extreme contradictions, and so that the latter can no longer claim that it did not know the extent to which Apartheid disintegrated everything. I focused on the blacks because this system prevented me from really knowing the whites until now. Perhaps in ten years time, I'll be more knowledgeable about them. "Fools" talks about a people, the South African people, about its soul, contradictions and frustrated desires, as well as its psychology. Human beings, ordinary beings confronted with one of the most destructive systems ever invented: Apartheid. (Ramadan Suleman)

Full credits (11)

Executive Producer :

Jacques Bidou

Screenwriter :

Bhekizizwe Peterson

Sound Recordist :

Philippe Senechal

Press Attaché (film) :

François Vila

Production Designer :

Naobie Noisette

Costume designer :

Ruy Filipe

Author of original work :

Ramadan S. Ndebele

Director of Photography :

Jacques Bouquin

Production manager :

Marianne Dumoulin

Editor :

Christiane Lack

Music Composer :

Ray Phiri

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Feature film

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English, African dialect

Coproducer countries :

South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, France

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Minority French (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, France)

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1 h 30 min

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Festival Selections (2)

Cairo - International Film Festival - 1997

Cairo - International Film Festival (Egypt, 1997)


Out of Competition

Locarno International Film Festival - 1997

Locarno International Film Festival (Switzerland, 1997)


International Competition