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I love finding out about a country before I visit and for me there are a few main ways of doing this – reading books, checking out Facebook groups/pages, spending too much time on Pinterest and watching TV series and movies.
In this post I have selected my top 10 movies about South Africa to watch before you visit.
I also have a post about recommended books to read before traveling to South Africa so do take a look at that if you enjoying reading (there are both fiction and non-fiction suggestions)
The journey of Nelson Mandela from lawyer to his imprisonment as a "terrorist" under apartheid South Africa to his release and subsequent election as President of South Africa. Probably THE most inspiring man to ever walk the earth.
If you want to see Mandela's inspirational leadership in action then watch this movie. Uniting a country around sport to start healing the racial divides caused by years of apartheid Mandela really was the greatest leader of our time.
The story of a violent criminal who, after stealing a car (and shooting the owner) finds a baby in the back seat. Find out how this turn of events changes the young hoodlum's life as he struggles to cope.
Another well known South African novel appears on film. Andre Brink's "A Dry White Season" stars Donald Sutherland as Ben Du Toit a teacher largely uninterested in the issue and human cost of apartheid until it effects his own life.
A South African comedy about the experiences of a young English boy as he adjust to life in a South African boarding school. There are also a few sequels available - Spud 2: The Madness Continues and Spud 3: Learning to Fly!
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