A Dry White Season

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MGM Home Entertainment
Directed by: Euzhan Palcy

In the apartheid-era of South Africa, schoolteacher Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives with his wife and two children, wilfully naive to the racism and injustice in his country. That is until the son of his gardener is beaten and killed by white police officers in the aftermath of a protest for better education for Black children. This devastating event forces du Toit's to open his eyes and emboldens him to finally stand up and take action, seeking the help of human rights lawyer Ian McKenzie (Marlon Brando), an isolating endeavour that will change the lives of du Toit and his family forever.

With a superb cast including Donald Sutherland, Zakes Mokae, Susan Sarandon, and Marlon Brando in an Oscar-nominated supporting performance, Euzhan Palcy's A Dry White Season is a thrilling and ferocious portrayal of atrocity and discrimination.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: English 2.0 PCM Stereo
Subtitles: English
Region: B
Discs: 1 Disc |  BD-50
some specifications may reference a film that is included as a special feature


  • A Dry White Season Intro and Q&A (2019, 38 mins): director Euzhan Palcy talks to Lydia Ogwang following a 30th anniversary screening at the Toronto International Film Festival
  • André Brink (1990, 19 mins): the author discusses his novel, the film adaptation and his own political awakening
  • Jemima + Johnny (1966, 29 mins): a short film by South African activist and filmmaker Lionel Ngakane, featuring a cameo by Zakes Mokae
  • The Burning (1968, 30 mins): Stephen Frears’ debut film depicts apartheid-era South Africa through the eyes of a young boy
  • **FIRST PRESSING ONLY** Illustrated booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Kevin Le Gendre and writing on Jemima + Johnny and The Burning by Ellen Cheshire

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