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This review is from: Red Dust [DVD] (DVD)
This is the best movie I have seen about the true horrors of Apartheid and how Nelson Mandela chose to deal with it. The setting up of the Truth and Reconciliation Commision instead of calling for widespread bloodshed is one of the many reasons he is a statesman. The TRC travelled the country listening to people call for answers from the people who once brutalised them. In return for offering up the truth into what happened to people in custody or those who were simply never seen again former oppresors and torturors were given amnesty.
Red Dust follows one of these cases. Mr Hendricks is a former policeman who wants to come clean about what he did to Alex Mpondo after arresting him and therefore garner amnesty. Alex is now an MP and is challenging the application as he wants to know what happened to a friend who was arrested alongside him and was never seen again.
The script is excellent and the cinematography brings out the townships of South Africa. The story is realistic and excellent acting brings out the emotions surrounding cases such as these brilliantly. I had tears in my eyes on more than one occasion. The suspense is subtle as the events surrounding Alex's incarceration and torture are revealed in addition to the fate of his friend.
Highly recommended. Certainly a lot better than 'In my Country' which is another movie revolving around the TRC.