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Crime Drama


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The time is the late '80s, a crucial period in the history of South Africa. President P.W. Botha is hanging on to power by a thread as the African National Congress (ANC) takes up arms against apartheid and the country tumbles toward insurrection. A British mining concern is convinced that their interests would be better served in a stable South Africa and they quietly dispatch Michael Young, their head of public affairs, to open an unofficial dialogue between the bitter rivals. Assembling a reluctant yet brilliant team to pave the way to reconciliation by confronting obstacles that initially seem insurmountable, Young places his trust in ANC leader Thabo Mbeki and Afrikaner philosophy professor Willie Esterhuyse. It is their empathy that will ultimately serve as the catalyst for change by proving more powerful than the terrorist bombs that threaten to disrupt the peaceful dialogue.


Pete Travis


Film Afrika Worldwide

Amelia Bullmore
Amelia Bullmore
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Chiwetel Ejiofor
Kas Graham
Kas Graham
Dominik Danielewicz
Dominik Danielewicz
William Hurt
William Hurt
Mark Strong
Mark Strong


Release Date 2009-01-18
Studio Film Afrika Worldwide
Original Language English
Region Region 2
UK Certification PG


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