Song and dance for Sara­fina!

CityPress - - News - GUGULETHU MHLUNGU gugulethu.mhlungu@city­press.co.za

Watch­ing Sara­fina! – ar­guably the most im­por­tant lo­cal film about the Soweto Up­ris­ing – on Youth Day is a sacred rit­ual for many.

But what could be more spe­cial than watch­ing the film on the 40th an­niver­sary of the June 16 up­ris­ing with its lead ac­tress, Leleti Khu­malo?

This week, SterKinekor of­fered free screen­ings of Sara­fina! at se­lected cin­e­mas across the coun­try to mark the an­niver­sary.

Khu­malo, who at­tended the screen­ing in Maponya Mall, Soweto, has said the film’s en­dur­ing rel­e­vance and im­por­tance con­tin­ues to hum­ble her.

Also at the screen­ing were Kwela Te­bza, Terry Pheto (who was re­cently an­nounced as the ac­tress who will play Win­nie Man­dela in a new se­ries along­side Lau­rence Fish­burne as Nel­son Man­dela) and Nomzamo Mbatha. School chil­dren who at­tended the screen­ing also had a chance to spend time with Khu­malo. The ac­tress was even happy to sing along and dance with them when they per­formed a song from the film. Sara­fina!, which was adapted from the orig­i­nal mu­si­cal theatre piece from the 1980s by Mbon­geni Ngema, was orig­i­nally re­leased in Septem­ber 1992, and was rere­leased on the 30th an­niver­sary of the Soweto Up­ris­ing in 1996. Fur­ther screen­ings of Sara­fina! will take place at The Joburg Theatre be­tween June 20 and 25. In Cape Town, the film will be screened for school­child­ren from Athlone and Mitchells Plain on June 22.

PHO­TOS: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

CAP­TUR­ING HIS­TORY Peter Magubane and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter Faith Muthambi Left: En­tre­pre­neur Zandile Nzalo Right: Busi­ness­man Kuseni Dlamini and Peter Magubane

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