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A Dry White Season

Spine #953

Dec 11, 2018

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.85:1 Widescreen
  • English PCM Stereo
  • English subtitles

A Dry White Season

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Directed By: Euzhan Palcy
Licensor: MGM Home Entertainment
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With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indictment of South Africa’s racist government—and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal repression comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, A Dry White Season is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression.

  • New interview with director Euzhan Palcy by film critic Scott Foundas
  • Five Scenes, a new program featuring Euzhan Palcy
  • Interview from 1989 with actor Donald Sutherland
  • Excerpt from a 1995 interview Euzhan Palcy conducted with Nelson Mandela
  • Footage of Palcy receiving the highest distinction for foreign dignitaries at the 2017 South African National Orders awards
  • An essay by filmmaker and scholar Jyoti Mistry


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