Amok !
( Massacre in Soweto)

During the apartheid of the early seventies in South Africa, the paths of destiny cross for two families – one black the other white – when,unwillingly, they are confronted with the tragic consequences of racial discrimination; forerunner to the Soweto uprising of 1976.
Matthew Sempala, a teacher in a Zulu village in South Africa, receives a letter from Reverend Norje to inform him of his sister Josephine’s illness in Johannesburg. He decides to go and see her in spite of the risks involved in such a journey.
Once there he discovers that the illness was just a pretext to get him to convince Josephine to give up drugs, prostitution and violence. His brother Delius, an activist Union leader, shows him the realities of life for the black miners and workers in that South African metropolis.
When Matthew goes off to search for his son Gasha, he finds him behind bars, in prison. Gasha was instrumental in the assasination of Elton Horn, a young white journalist – a liberal who, in this land of apartheid, was a fierce defender of the rights of blacks. Jaarsveld, the chief of police, above all suspicion,plans to cover up this political affair as a non-political crime.
The Reverend Norje in response to a question worded by Matthew and asked by a lawyer, says, ‘When a black man kills a white man in this country, even God is not merciful!’  Gasha will hang.
A few years later, Horn - the father of the journalist, Elton- old and disillusioned, after the massacre of the children in Soweto, confides in his faithful black houseboy: ‘I fear this one thing in my life: the day we start to love them, will be the day they begin to hate us.’

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Story and Screenplay

Souheil BENBARKA, Michel CONSTANTIN

Production

EMF Maroc- Sylicinema- MC Dakar

Dialogues

François RABATE

Make Up Artist

Claudia GIUSTINI

Costumes

Jeanne DELAVISON

Sound Engineer

Camara M’BEMBA

Decors

Vincenzo MEDUSA

Editing

Souhel BENBARKA

Director of Photography

Girolamo LAROSA

Music

Miriam MAKEBA

Production directors

Moulay A.BADRY & Moussa DIAKITE

Length

1h39

Format

1,85– Color

Produced and Directed by

Souheil BENBARKA

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Souheil BENBARKA

Souheil Benbarka’s career in film began in Rome in 1962 when, by pure chance, he was present at the filming of a scene from Federico Fellini’s 8½.
Four years later, coming first in the entrance examination, he gained a place at the Centre for Experimental Cinematography of Rome in the department of film direction. He became assistant to Pier Pasolini for Oedipus Rex a few months later.
In 1970, he set up in Morocco and from 1972 onwards produced and directed, more than two hundred promotional films, and eight full length films.
He has directed:
Claudia Cardinale - Harvey Keitel - Ugo Tognazzi - Max Von Sydow - Claude Rich - F. Murray Abraham - Fernando Rey - Marie Christine Barrault - Irène Papas - Laurent Terzieff - Angela Molina - Serghei Bondartchouk - Giancarlo Giannini - Massimo Ghini - Marisa Paradès - Miriam Makeba - Helmut Berger  Florinda Bolkan - Violante Placido - Mimsy Farmer - Imanol Arias - Hassan Joundi –Rodolfo Sancho - Naima Lamcharki – Imanol Arias.

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