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Thursday, June 24, 2021


(Above: Leleti Khumalo played the title role in “Sarafina”. Photo: Videovision)

As South Africa observes the 45th anniversary of June 16, 1976, we celebrate the youth who were agents of change, and whose actions altered the course of South African history. The film Sarafina! which is inspired by this watershed event, keeps alive the contribution of these courageous young people to the struggle for freedom, and ultimately the achievement of the dream of a democratic South Africa.

To mark the milestone 45th Anniversary of June 16, 1976, producer Anant Singh - on behalf of the Sarafina! team - has created a short film as a tribute, using iconic scenes from the feature film which illustrate courage displayed by the youth of the day as they came face-to-face with the mighty apartheid police.

“We acknowledge the youth of 1976 for their role in achieving the freedom we all enjoy today. As a nation, we owe them a debt of gratitude for the democracy we enjoy. We are proud to have produced Sarafina! and to use the film to create this salute to the courage of these brave young heroes, and record this seminal event in our history,” said Anant Singh.

The film Sarafina! stars Leleti Khumalo, Mbongeni Ngema, John Kani, Robert Whitehead, Miriam Makeba, Somizi Mhlongo and Academy Award® Winner, Whoopi Goldberg with the screenplay by Mbongeni Ngema and William Nicholson. The film is produced by Anant Singh and directed by Darrell James Roodt.

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