Danny Glover Boesman
Angela Bassett Lena
Willie Jonah Old Man
Graham Weir Recycle Man
Anton Stoltz Farmer
Writing Credits: Athol Fugard (play), John Berry (adaptation)
Producer François Ivernel
Co-Producers Jeremy Nathan
Associate Producer Wren T. Brown
Assistant Producer Shireen Hattingh
Line Producer Nina Heyns
Prod. Manager Alan Shearer
Prod. Coordinator Jo Kirsten
Assistant Directors Wendy Alport
Assistant Accountant Alida Rubens
Composer Wally Badarou
Conductor Régis Dupré
Cinematographer Alain Choquart
Script Supervisor Bénédicte Kermadec
Editors Jeanne Moutard
Casting Directors Leo Davis
Casting Associates Leo Davis
Stunt Coordinator Antony Mo Marais
Production Designer Max Berto
Art Directors Michael Berg
Set Decorator Fred Du Preez
Makeup Artists Kashka Banjoko
Cameraman Alan Read
Sound Technician Edouard d’Heucqueville
Sound Editor Eric Bizet
Special Effects Mario Duthie
Set during the Apartheid era, an old couple, Boesman and Lena, are forced to search for shelter after being driven out of their home. As they traverse through the South African Cape Flats, Lena is haunted by reminiscences of happier times, fueling her desire to find answers and her purpose in life. Boesman, on the other hand, is consumed by his anger, fear, and vindictiveness, resorting to grossly abusing both alcohol and his wife to divert and desensitize himself from his predicaments. Amid their journey, they encounter an old, lonely Xhosa tribesman, who is also searching for sustenance and refuge. His presence not only alters their lives, but also personifies their adversity brought on by the apartheid.
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