A World Apart Review

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1963. The Roth family are far from content with the status quo in Zimbabwe. They take it upon themselves to protest against the apartheid that rules their society, only to be turned into easy pickings for bullies at school and in the workplace. When the mother of the family, Diana (Hershey), is arrested, and the father has to flee the country, their thirteen-year-old daughter (May) is forced to face up to the realities of making a political stand.


The true story of a journalist imprisoned for her political views in South Africa, as seen through the eyes of her 13-year-old daughter. Like Cry Freedom of the previous year, A World Apart has realised that there are a world of stories that need telling from the bottom of the African continent. And what better way to do it than film, where the landscapes are translated in all their majesty, and the big city bustle comes across in massive, in your face close-ups. Great performances from Barbara Hershey and newcomer Jodhi May make this a powerful piece of political drama well worth taking heed of.

Absolutely riveting, this true story grips more than most fictions and is all the more troubling because of it's basis in reality. Essential viewing.