With Film Essentials at the Philadelphia Film Center, PFS is giving audiences the chance to experience some of cinema’s greatest treasures as they were meant to be seen: on vivid 35mm and on the biggest screen in Center City!
A DRY WHITE SEASON
EUZHAN PALCY | USA | 1989 | 106 MIN | R
March 18 | 7:00 PM | Philadelphia Film Center
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.
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