A World Apart

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A World Apart ★★★½ 1988 (PG)

Cinematographer Menges' first directoral effort is a blistering, insightful drama told from the point of view of a 13-year-old white girl living in South Africa, oblivious to apartheid until her crusading journalist mother is arrested under the 90-Day Detention Act, under which she might remain in prison permanently. Political morality tale is also a look at the family-vs-cause choices activists must make. Heavily lauded, with good reason; the autobiographical script is based on Slovo's parents, persecuted South African journalists Joe Slovo and Ruth First. 114m/C VHS, DVD . GB Barbara Hershey, Jodhi May, Linda Mvusi, David Suchet, Jeroen Krabbe, Paul Freeman, Tim Roth, Jude Akuwidike, Albee Lesotho; D: Chris Menges; W: Shawn Slovo; C: Peter Biziou; M: Hans Zimmer. British Acad. ‘88: Orig. Screenplay; Cannes ‘88: Actress (Hershey), Actress (May, Mvusi), Grand Jury Prize; N.Y. Film Critics ‘88: Director (Menges).