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W&L to Show Film “Cry, the Beloved Country” Feb. 4

“Cry the Beloved Country,” the 1995 film depicting the struggles of two families — one black and white — in pre-apartheid South Africa will be shown Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m., at Washington and Lee University’s Stackhouse Theater.

The movie, based on Alan Paton’s 1948 novel and starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris, is being presented by W&L’s Center for International Education with funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is the second in a series of African films as part of the university’s 2015-16 Seminar on Human Rights in Africa.

Admission is free and open to the public. A 30-minute discussion will follow the screening. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

The first major film to be made and released in post-apartheid South Africa , “Cry, the Beloved Country” raises questions about race, friendship, community and the possibility of reconciliation in a deeply divided country.

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