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  • Actors: Sidney Bloch, Aaron Bloch
  • Directors: Rod Freedman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2011
  • Run Time: 56 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00513N6FC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,371 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it." -Dr. Martin Luther King

Sidney Bloch, an internationally recognized professor of psychiatry from Australia, returns to Cape Town, South Africa for his medical school reunion. Sid has suffered from a troubled conscience for forty years and wants to resolve his guilt for colluding with Apartheid - but what will it take to free him from his past?

He's accompanied on his quest for reconciliation by his son, Aaron, who is also his harshest critic. Narrated by Aaron, the film explores how easy it is for a good person to accept injustice and compromise one's morals. Wrong Side of the Bus is one man's journey to forgiveness.

{BEST DOCUMENTARY International Film Festival South Africa}

Bonus Materials: 45 minutes including Interview with Director Study Guide

Review

Moving and thought-provoking...A bitingly personal take on a universal theme. --The Age

Fascinating issues are explored. --Sydney Morning Herald

A universal relevance. --The Canberra Times

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Sometimes in filmmaking, simplicity is key. Rod Freedman in "Wrong Side of the Bus" takes a complex subject and makes an intensely personal film that is all the more effective due to its narrative specificity. At a running time of only 56 minutes, this film is both lively and thoughtful--weighing in on universally important issues in an accessible and relatable way. As Freedman's subject, Sidney Bloch struggles with guilt for having lived in an Apartheid era South Africa, he wants to explore his complicity and/or responsibility these many years later. Returning for a school reunion, he ruminates about his lack of involvement in addressing societal wrongs during his youth. Along for the ride is his son Aaron, who provides a great deal of insight, modern perspective, and equanimity in dealing with his father's dilemma. Shot basically as a home movie, the film is largely a dialogue between father and son--and this very bare bones presentation has surprising effectiveness.

In truth, I didn't expect to be as caught up in this film as I was. I was afraid it was going to wield a heavy hand to make its message. But each of us has to redress our guilt in his own way. And this simple trip home never felt preachy or overwrought--it was one man's search for his own answers. And in seeking those very personal answers, the film is open-ended enough to make you think about what you might have done in similar circumstances. The Blochs are engaging and personable hosts, and the film also flows with an easy charm that was completely unexpected.

Seeking forgiveness, Bloch ultimately confronts his own underlying racism. The film is remarkably open and truthful. Oftentimes Bloch is his own worst critic--and his son is constantly at hand to challenge or reaffirm his assertions.
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By Tim Lieder on January 12, 2015
It sure is nice that Sidney Bloch decided to share his home movies with us. For just $22 we get an hour long video of his vacation to South Africa. Ok, granted, the hook is pretty great. Man goes back to the former Apartheid state with his bratty teenage son and asks a bunch of black South Africans if they forgive him. Most of them say yes. Actually they all say yes in some way or the other.

He also goes to a reconciliation forum.

Yes, South Africa emerging from its history of Apartheid is a compelling story but the focus is too small. Granted, it's nice to hear the voice of a bystander who never stood up against Apartheid in any meaningful way (a welcome relief from all of the White People Solve Racism movies that Hollywood churns out). Still, one wishes that there was a lot more material than just one guy's life story. He does interview a few people who were in teh struggle but it's still mostly just focused on this one guy who is dealing with one particular form of institutional racism that ended 24 years ago.

He is not nearly compelling enough to justify an hour long movie from his perspective.

Also, the one song stole the tune from Phantom of the Opera.
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A Very Moving and Honest Story.
So compelling.I recommend it to anyone who is trying to make peace with their past
or who struggles with Race and The other
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