South Africa’s leading cinema chains have pooled together to offer special discounts on block bookings for schools for the morning and noon of shows of Sarafina! during next week. Sarafina! was released today to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the Soweto Uprising of 16 June 1976. As a result of this special arrangement with the cinemas, school children will be able to experience the magic of Sarafina! and the spirit of 16 June 1976 which was the inspiration for the film.
The following cinemas will be participating in the schools programme:
* Cinema Starz (19 to 30 June 2006): Grandwest in Cape Town and Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth
* NuMetro Theatres (19 to 23 June 2006): MonteCasino, Brightwaters, Hyde Park, The Glen Oakdene, Metro Benoni, Balfour Park, Hatfield, Menlyn Park, Riverside Nelspruit, Loch Logan, Pavilion, V&A Waterfront and Canal Walk.
* Ster Kinekor Theatres (19 to 22 June 2006): Carlton Cine, Carnival City, Kine 2 Potchefstroom, Rustenburg, Savannah Mall, Brooklyn Comm, Cresta, Eastgate , Rosebank Zone, Sandton Cine, Wonderpark, Bridge Port Elizabeth, Gateway, Scottsville Cine, Vincent Park East London, Wheel , Musgrave Cine, Maerua Mall, Southgate, Sterland, Westgate, Blueroute, Cape Gate, Eikestad Cine and Cavendish.
“We are very proud of Sarafina! and we are thrilled to be releasing the film as a tribute to the youth,” said producer, Anant Singh. “The screening programme for schools is designed to ensure that the youth of today have an opportunity to experience a quickly forgotten story in an entertaining manner. We are pleased that all the cinema chains, i.e. Cinema Starz, NuMetro Theatres and Ster Kinekor have agreed to participate in the programme,” continued Singh.
Sarafina! which was created by acclaimed playwright, Mbongeni Ngema, is directed by Darrell James Roodt and stars Leleti Khumalo, Mbongeni Ngema, John Kani, Robert Whitehead and Miriam Makeba with Oscar winner, Whoopi Goldberg.
Sarafina! is a Videovision Entertainment release through United International Pictures (South Africa) with the support of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC).