Goodbye Bafana DVD


This is the true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

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15 October 2007
Paramount Home Entertainment (UK) 
115 minutes 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. It is South Africa, 1968. James Gregory is a typical white Afrikaner who subscribes to a narrow, racist view of black people. When enlisted by South Africa's ruling National Party to guard political prisoner Nelson Mandela, he experiences a crisis of conscience and starts to see the reality of the situation from the other side of the racial divide...

South African film based on the memoirs of Nelson Mandela's prison guard on Robben Island. James Gregory (Joseph Feinnes) is an Afrikaans prison guard with the customary (at that time) distaste for blacks, especially political blacks. When he's assigned to the detail guarding Mandela (Dennis Haysbert), he's less than enamoured. Gregory speaks Xhosa due to a farm upbringing and a young black friend of his - the titular Bafana. From this small common bond of language, the two gradually come to an understanding due in no small part to the enigmatic Mandela's quiet, stoic belief that he is right - that Apartheid can never and should never work. Without insulting the viewer's intelligence by making flowery and romantic such a deeply emotional subject, director Bille August paints a dusty, claustrophobic and at times brutally hard to watch picture of a man in ideological change.