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Cry the Beloved Country
SUBJECTS — World/South Africa;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Grieving; Crime;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Respect; Caring.
Age: 10+; MPAA Rating: PG-13; Drama; 1995; 112 minutes; Color.
It's South Africa in 1946. Cry the Beloved Country begins with the murder of a South African white man by three young blacks bent on burglary. Ironically, the victim had championed rights for blacks, often over the opposition of his father. The movie shows how the murder affects the father of the victim and the father of one of the murderers and how it brings them together.
The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to Cry the Beloved Country assists teachers in using the film to show racial separation in South Africa during the time of apartheid. It shows fathers grieving for their sons, reaching across a vast cultural gap to establish a relationship of respect and forgiveness.
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Cry the Beloved Country is a tale of South Africa and the tragedy of apartheid.
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Tell children the story of Amy Biehl. [Amy was a young woman from California who went to South Africa to try to help blacks but was killed by a boy incited by a black mob to kill her because she was white. Her family opposed what she was doing when she was alive but after she died, they went to South Africa and started a foundation to continue her work. This is more fully described in the Helpful Background Section to the Learning Guide] Then ask this question: The death of the robbery victim in this film and the death of Amy Biehl brought the parents closer to their children in certain respects. Why is it that sometimes the death of a child will bring the parent closer to the child than the parent was during the child's life?
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