A MILLION COLOURS
Release Date: October 27, 2011
Starring: Wandile Molebatsi, Jason
Hartman, Masello Motana,
Stelio Savante, Mpho
Genre: Historical Drama
Audience: Older teenagers and adults
Rating: Not Rated
Runtime: 110 minutes
Distributor: Fries Film Group
Director: Peter Bishai
Executive Producer: Charles Fries
Producer: Michael Mosca, Andre Pieterse
Writer: Peter Bishai, Andre Pieterse
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A MILLION COLOURS tells the story of these two former child movie stars as it unfolds in the height of the South African apartheid era. Norman, having been conscripted into the South African defense force as a conscientious objector, refuses to fight for the apartheid system and works hard to spread the idea that friendship can exist across racial barriers. Muntu, having fallen in love with Sabela, struggles to survive on the streets as he lives a life of crime, violence and debauchery. Through a series of bad decisions and unfortunate circumstances he seems destined to fail in his dream to marry Sabela. Feeling abandoned by Norman, his best friend, Muntu turns to alcohol and drugs as his only mechanism to cope. Both men struggle to find truth and hope in a time of national turmoil.
The actors in A Million Colours succeed in portraying the desperation and frustration of life during the dark days of apartheid. The cinematography, direction and acting are excellent. The narrative, however, has to move quickly because the story covers a long period of time. Although it contains witchcraft, drug use and lots of violence, it is essentially a message of ‘redemption through suffering’ and builds up to an ending that is full of hope and promise. The underlying message is that the God of the Gospel is the God of fresh starts. It’s hard to imagine, however, that many media-wise viewers will sit through some of the extreme material in order to get to the uplifting ending.
MOVIEGUIDE® hopes, however, that millions of people see the movie and get the message. Jesus is the only answer, not right wing or left wing politics, not wealth or poverty, only Jesus Christ.
The actors in A MILLION COLOURS succeed in portraying the desperation and frustration of life during Apartheid. The story, however, covers too much territory. It is very evangelistic, but to get there, there’s witchcraft, drug use and lots of violence. It has one of the best endings of a recent movie, but it is hard to imagine that many people of faith and values will sit through some of the extreme material to get to the ending. MOVIEGUIDE® hopes, however, that millions of people see the movie and realize that Jesus Christ is the only answer.