A DRY WHITE SEASON
EUZHAN PALCY | USA | 1989 | 106 MIN | R
This screening will feature live music 30 minutes prior to start time.
The first Hollywood studio-released film by a black woman, Euzhan Palcy’s A Dry White Season is a searing dramatization of South African lives in the grip of apartheid. While white school teacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) raises his family in comfort, black South Africans must fight for their basic human rights in the face of racism and violent government oppression. Only when a series of increasingly brutal fates befall his gardener Gordon (Winston Ntshona) does Ben begin to understand and fight back against the of the state’s injustices. Featuring an Oscar-nominated performance by Marlon Brando as an eccentric, principled lawyer, A Dry White Season is a skillfully made, blisteringly angry exposé of a shameful era in South Africa’s history.
Cast: Donald Sutherland, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, Marlon Brando
“An effective, emotional, angry, subtle movie.” –Roger Ebert