A World Apart

Synopsis: A White enclave in Johannesburg, South Africa, in the 1960s. Molly Roth, 13 years old, is the daughter of leftist parents, and she must piece together what's happening around her when her father disappears one night, barely evading arrest, and, not long after, her mother is detained by the authorities. Some of Molly's White friends turn against her, and her family's friendships with Blacks take on new meaning. Relationships are fragile in the world of apartheid. How will she manage?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Chris Menges
Production: Media Home Entertainment
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 6 wins & 11 nominations.
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113 min

Is he well? ls there news?

Mom, I'm going to be out of town next

Wednesday. Can you collect the kids?

- But, Mom, I've got riding on Wednesday.

- I've made plans.

- I'll have to cancel them.

- I'll find someone else.

It's okay, Diana.

It's only an exhibition opening.

I can go on another day.

If you've made plans,

then it doesn't matter now.

My plans aren't important, Diana. I'll do it.

- Mom, the letter.

- Come, Gran.

- When's he coming back?

- Who?

- Daddy.

- I don't know.

He doesn't know.

But when do you think?

A week, eleven days,

at the end of the month.

I don't know. Neither does he.

- I miss him.

- So do I.

He misses us, as well. You know that.

What do you think? How do I look?

You look beautiful.

- Bye-bye, darling.

- Bye.

- George.

- Go away.

- What happened?

- Police at the back.

The wealth of the Reef gold mines

lies not in the richness of the strike...

but in the low costs of production...

kept down by the abundance of cheap labor.

Note to myself to check the suppressed

1960 Mines Commission Report.

The majority of workers are migrants...

a system responsible

for the most blatant exploitation...

of the largest single labor force

in South Africa.

I think I should elaborate

on the disastrous social effects.

When the door is closed, you knock.

You know that.

What are you doing?

I'm working. I don't want to be interrupted.

- Go have your breakfast.

-ls that a hiding place?


And you must keep it a secret.

Do you understand?

Look at me. Do you understand?

- What do you keep in there?

- Molly, that's enough.

What do you want?

One, two, three, four...

five, six, seven, eight.

One, two, three, four.

There's some men over there.

- Let's do it again.

- But there's men over there.

Get back.

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Shawn Slovo

Shawn Slovo (born 1950) is a screenwriter, best known for the film A World Apart, based on her childhood in South Africa under apartheid. She is the daughter of South African Communist Party leaders Joe Slovo and Ruth First. She wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Catch a Fire (also a historical film about apartheid), and for the 2001 film Captain Corelli's Mandolin.In the late 1970s she served as Robert De Niro's personal assistant while he made the films Raging Bull and The King of Comedy. She also made the screenplay for Muhammad Ali's Greatest Fight. Slovo currently lives in London and often works for Working Title Films. Her sister Gillian Slovo is also a writer and her sister Robyn Slovo is a producer. more…

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