Goodbye Bafana

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Goodbye Bafana

Goodbye Bafana

Goodbye Bafana

original title:

Goodbye Bafana

italian title:

Il colore della libertà

directed by:


Diane Kruger, Dennis Haysbert, Joseph Fiennes, Adrian Galley, Patrick Lyster, Shiloh Henderson, Tyrone Keogh, Megan Smith, Jessica Manuel, Faith Ndukwana, Terry Pheto, Leslie Mongezi, Zingizile Mtuzula, Mehboob Bawa, Shakes Myeko


set design:

costume design:


Fonema, Istituto Luce, X-Filme Creative Pool, supported by Ministero della Cultura, Banana Films, Arsam International, Film Afrika Worldwide, Future Films, Thema Production


Belgium/Germany/South Africa/Italy/France



film run:



35mm - colour

aspect ratio:



Dolby SRD

release date:


festivals & awards:

South Africa – 1968.
Twenty-five million blacks are ruled by a minority of four million whites under the brutal Apartheid regime of the Nationalist Party Government. Blacks have no vote, no land rights, no rights to freedom of movement, to right to own a business, to housing or to education. Determined to retain power, the whites ban all black opposition organisations, forcing their leaders into exile or imprisoning them for life on Robben Island. James Gregory, a typical white Afrikaner, regards blacks as sub-human. Having grown up on a farm in the Transkei, he learned to speak Xhosa at an early age. This makes him an ideal choice to become the warder in charge of Mandela and his comrades on Robben Island. After all, Gregory speaks their language and can spy on them without them knowing it. However the plan backfires. Through Mandela's influence, Gregory's allegiance gradually shifts from the racist government to the struggle for a free South Africa.