Darth Vader iAfrikaby Brandon Edmonds / 14.08.2009
Another installment of Us, as represented by Them. Cry, the Beloved Country, circa 1995. Not even almost a good film. But James Earl Jones’ Reverend Kumalo is powerful in his slow awakening to social justice. He’s the long-suffering Black Man made of impervious stone, simple-hearted and good to the bone.
But the State wounds him and takes his son, and everything he stands by is shaken. Plus you get the Darth Vader voice echoing in the Drakensberg! These renderings of South African-ness, this one and Whoopi’s, are more like fan mail. They’re imagined projections of an overblown dignity that has little to do with the daily life of people here. File under flattery.