Title German:FOOLS
Title English:FOOLS
Country:Südafrika 1997
Format:35 mm
Language:OF m. engl. UT
Length:105 Minutes
Film series:JvE Special Südafrika 2005

Director :Suleman, Ramadan
Screenplay:Peterson, Bhekizizwe
 Suleman, Ramadan
Cinematography:Bouquin, Jacques
Editing:Lack, Christiane
Music:Phiri, Ray
Sound:Sénéchal, Philippe
Cast:Dandala, Hlomla
 Kente, Dambisa
 Shai, Patrick
Producer:Bidou, Jacques
Production company:JBA Production


The long-awaited, much-anticipated first feature film by a black South African director. Adapted from Njabulo S. Ndebele`s novella of the same name but set a decade later during the final years of the apartheid regime, FOOLS tells the story of a disgraced middle-aged schoolteacher who is confronted by an 18-year-old activist whose sister he raped. According to Mr. Suleman, the film is "not about the eternal conflict between the`white devil` and the`noble black,` but simply the black people of South Africa; the state of their consciences, education, their brutal oppression by the Afrikaners, sexual violence, and the place of women in the South African community."


Locarno 1997: Silberner Leopard

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