In My Country


1h 44m 2004

Brief Synopsis

In 1996, the South African government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate abuses of human rights under Apartheid. Under the chairmanship of Nobel Peace laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the commission was mandated to examine acts committed between March 1960, th

Film Details

Also Known As
Country of My Skull
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Film Afrika Worldwide; Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Inside Track; The Works; The Works; U.K. Film Council; Windmill Lane
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; DeAPlaneta; Frenetic Films; Golden Village; Icon Uk Group; Lnk; Lucky Red; Shapira Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Spentzos Films; Ster-Kinekor
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

Synopsis

In 1996, the South African government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate abuses of human rights under Apartheid. Under the chairmanship of Nobel Peace laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the commission was mandated to examine acts committed between March 1960, the date of the Sharpeville massacre, and May 10, 1994, the day of Mandela's inauguration as president. In accordance with the African principle of "Ubuntu," which strives to create harmony amongst all people by absolving transgressions, the commission set up a series of hearings throughout the country to help heal the wounds of Apartheid. The hearings would serve as a forum for the perpetrators of murder and torture during the apartheid era to come forward and confront their victims. By telling the unvarnished truth and expressing contrition, they might be granted amnesty, if they could prove that their crimes were politically motivated--that they were only following orders. Langston Whitfield is a Washington Post journalist, sent to South Africa to cover the TRC hearings. He is apprehensive about the trip, as he is skeptical about the process of reconciliation--feeling that it is just a way for the perpetrators to escape without punishment. Anna Malan is an Afrikaans poet covering the hearings for South African state radio and NPR in the US. Anna is enthusiastic about the process before them, having great reverence for her native African traditions, and great hopes to see her country healed. Thrown together as members of the international press corps, Langston and Anna meet and are instantly at odds over their opposing views of the hearings. But over time, their shared experience of listening to the moving and painful testimony brings them ever closer. Meanwhile, searching for a more sensational angle for his story, Langston tracks down Col. De Jager, the most notorious torturer in the SA Police, and tries to penetrate the mind of a monster. Unexpectedly, the experience forces him to confront his own demons and leads to the discovery of a devastating connection between Anna and the perpetrators of violence.

Cast

Samuel L. Jackson

Langston Whitfield

Juliette Binoche

Anna Malan

Brendan Gleeson

De Jager

Menzi Ngubane

Dumi Mkhalipi

Sam Ngakane

Anderson

Aletta Bezuidenhout

Elsa

Lionel Newton

Edward Morgan

Langley Kirkwood

Boetie

Owen Sejake

Rev. Mzondo

Harriet Manamela

Albertina Sobandla

Louis Van Niekirk

Willem Malan

Jeremiah Ndlovu

Old Man In Wheelbarrow

Fiona Ramsey

Felicia Rheinhardt

Charley Boorman

British Reporter

Dan Robbertse

Robert Hobbs

Paul Dirkson

Lwando Nondzaba

Trix Pienaar

Greg Latter

Albert Maritz

Sizwe Msufu

Dumisani Mbebe

Sunu Gonera

Nick Boraine

Connie Chiume

Seumus Keir

Nicholas Andrew

Justin Creasey

Junior Singo

Yolanda Methvin

Grant Swanby

Paul Eilers

Anthony Fridjohn

Bheki Vilakazi

Louw Venter

Wayne Harrison

Terry Norton

Andre Jacobs

Alyce Chavunduka

Lillian Dube

Namhla Ndlovu

Lee Duru

Nambitha Mpumlwana

Garrick Hagon

Johan Marais

Morgan O'callaghan

Frederrick Dannhauser

Andrew Johnson

Lilian Khumalo

Genesis Canda

Tony Finley

Biah Mokgobu

Anthony Karriem

Milton Daka

Hiportia Hlatana

Jefferine October

Noliyanda Pike

Beverley Bownes

Justice Khontyo

Denzil Campbel

Christina Ntsomi

Xhantyi Nqayi

Lulama Nombiba

Jean Abrahams

Thami Ngubeni

Cindi Sampson

Michelle Zaaiman

Natasha Kotze

Natalie Dippenaar

Zoliswa Mabawa

Elizabeth Mokoatsana

John Coom

Noel Coom

Shannen Mackay

Xola Luse

Sacky Veto

Mohogany Singiswa

Moho Seabela

Zingisa Kobo

Landiwe Hans

John Zacharis

Jamo Jahjah

Brian Niewoudt

Endrie Nel

Nic Du Toit

Stompie Heyns

Susanna Vermeulen

Russell Johnson

Morris Uberstein

Thembi Mtshali

Lara Bye

Marisa Sarfatti

Phumla Stamper

Warona Seane

John Langemann

Nkuli Kgositsile

Suzanne Bassett

Amber Stodel

Yavor Radkov

Fiona Ramsay

Film Details

Also Known As
Country of My Skull
MPAA Rating
Release Date
2004
Production Company
Columbia Pictures; Film Afrika Worldwide; Industrial Development Corporation Of South Africa; Inside Track; The Works; The Works; U.K. Film Council; Windmill Lane
Distribution Company
Sony Pictures Classics; DeAPlaneta; Frenetic Films; Golden Village; Icon Uk Group; Lnk; Lucky Red; Shapira Films; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Classics; Sony Pictures Home Entertainment; Sony Pictures Releasing International; Spentzos Films; Ster-Kinekor
Location
South Africa

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 44m

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Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States February 2004

Released in United States on Video July 5, 2005

Released in United States Spring March 11, 2005

Shown at Berlin International Film Festival February 5-15, 2004.

Sony Pictures Classics acquired North American distribution rights at the 2004 Berlin International Film Festival.

Released in United States February 2004 (Shown at Berlin International Film Festival February 5-15, 2004.)

Released in United States Spring March 11, 2005

Released in United States on Video July 5, 2005