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Goodbye Bafana

Goodbye Bafana

A Feature film by Bille August

Produced by Banana Films, Arsam International

Release in France : 11/04/2007

    Synopsis

    South Africa, 1968. Twenty-five million blacks live under the domination of a minority of four million whites. Under the brutal Apartheid regime imposed by the National Party government, the blacks have no right to vote, to move about freely, to own land, businesses or even accommodation, and have no access to education. Determined to keep their hold on power, the whites have put a ban on all opposition groups, associations or demonstrations; they force black leaders into exile or imprison them for life on Robben Island.
    James Gregory, a typical white Afrikaner, considers blacks to be subhuman. He grew up on a farm in the Transkei and therefore learnt to speak Xhosa at a young age. This makes him the ideal man to become the prison warden given the task of watching over Nelson Mandela and his comrades on Robben Island: he speaks their language and can spy on them without their knowing. This plan will backfire, however, for those who set it up. As he gets closer to Mandela, Gregory begins to question the Apartheid system and progressively becomes a champion for a free and democratic South Africa.
    Goodbye Bafana tells the tale of the relationship, as surprising as it is deep, that forms between the two men. Through their unique friendship, we discover the awakening of a conscience.

    Actors (8)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producers :

    Banana Films, Arsam International

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Celluloid Dreams

    Foreign production company :

    X Filme Creative Pool GmbH

    French distribution :

    Paramount Pictures (France)

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    Full credits (10)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Luc Van Damme, Ilann Girard

    Screenwriters :

    Bille August, Greg Latter

    Director of Photography :

    Robert Fraisse

    Editor :

    Hervé Schneid

    Music Composer :

    Dario Marianelli

    Authors of original work :

    James Gregory, Bob Graham

    Co-producer :

    Ilann Girard

    Press Attaché (film) :

    Jean-Pierre Vincent

    Production Designer :

    Tom Hannam

    Costume designer :

    Diana Cilliers

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    Cinema, History

    Production language :

    English

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Italy

    Original French-language productions :

    No

    Nationality :

    Minority French (France, Belgium, Germany, South Africa, Italy)

    Production year :

    2006

    French release :

    11/04/2007

    Runtime :

    1 h 58 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    115.097

    Visa issue date :

    21/03/2007

    Approval :

    Yes

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    CinemaScope

    Audio format :

    Dolby DTS