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SUBJECTS — Creating the Nation; Pennsylvania; Drama/Musicals;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Rebellion;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Trustworthiness; Responsibility; Citizenship.
Age: 11+; MPAA Rating: G; Musical; 1972; 141 minutes; Color.
The film begins with the following legend: "In 1976 the South African Government declared a State of Emergency. For the next thirteen years, school children adopted a campaign of resistance. Approximately 700 were killed, over 10,000 were arrested, many more [were] tortured and assaulted. This is the story of one young girl caught up in the struggle for freedom in South Africa just before the release of Nelson Mandela and the end of apartheid."
Sarafina! shows the battle that the children of Soweto waged against the brutal apartheid government that formerly ruled South Africa. The movie shows that children can have an effect on their world.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to this film will show teachers how to use it to supplement a unit on South Africa and teach children that they can play a role in standing up to oppression.
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Sarafina! will show children some of the horror of the oppression with which the apartheid government of South Africa tried to suppress dissent.
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Teacher Masambuca dies by allegedly jumping out of a window on the tenth floor of the Special Branch building. This is a favored method used by police states to kill their opponents. For example, it was used by the Chinese Communists during the Cultural Revolution. See Life and Death in Shanghai by Nien Chen.
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