Cry, The Beloved Country (Zoltan Korda, 1951)
October 22, 2013
IU Cinema and the Black Film Center/Archive present a free screening of Zoltan Korda’s 1951 film, Cry, The Beloved Country.
Based on Alan Paton’s famous novel illustrating racial divisions in post-World War II South Africa, Cry, the Beloved Country, was filmed on location during the first years of apartheid. The film dramatizes the collision of African rural and urban cultures. Actors Sidney Poitier and Canada Lee star, while having to negotiate South Africa’s complex racial terrain while shooting the film. Although critical of South African racism, the film also represents Paton’s view that black South Africans proved poorly adaptable to modern urban industrial life. (35mm. 103 min. Not Rated.)