i first saw this movie around the time i was enamored with the lion king (when am i not?). naturally, i was fascinated with all things african (when am i not?) and was drawn to sarafina! (side note: sarafina was the name of nala’s mother ANNNNNND whoopi goldberg voiced shenzi in the lion king) not only that, but my father raised me on oldies music (oldies 94.5, holla) so i’d already loved whoopi goldberg because of song selections from sister act.
i have to admit that as a young kid, i couldn’t have understood the message of the movie and it was only years later when i sought out the dvd that i could appreciate its power. it reminded me a bit of the book cry, the beloved country by alan paton. that’s another post, however.