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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Bopha! (1993)

"Bopha!" (1993) is a drama film directed by Morgan Freeman in his directional debut and written by Brian Bird and John Wierick, who based the screenplay on Percy Mtwa's 1986 play. The film's title is Zulu for "arrest" or "detain." Arsenio Hall and Lawrence N. Taubman produced the movie starring Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Malcolm McDowell, Marius Weyers, and Maynard Eziashi. This film focuses on the family of a man who served in the government police enforcing Apartheid laws in South Africa, believing he can change the system from within. While the job has provided his family with stability, growing tensions in his township and his rebellious son's refusal to follow his father's footsteps create a complex situation for Glover's character. 

Director: Morgan Freeman
Writers: Percy Mtwa, Brian Bird, John Wierick

Starring Danny Glover, Alfre Woodard, Malcolm McDowell, Marius Weyers, Maynard Eziashi, Marius Weyers, Maynard Eziashi, Malick Bowens, Michael Chinyamurindi, Christopher John Hall, Grace Mahlaba, Robin Smith

Micah Mangena (Danny Glover) is a black police officer in a small township in apartheid-era South Africa. White officers oversee Mangena, but he trains primarily black recruits. His devotion to his job arrives at a breaking point when his son, Zweli (Maynard Eziashi), gets involved with a local anti-apartheid group. Quickly, father and son find themselves on opposite sides of an increasingly dangerous conflict, made worse by the interference of South Africa's Special Branch.