Final Solution - Special Edition - DVD
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The indoctrination of Gerrit Woldfaardt (Jan Ellis) is complete: his family traditions, history, culture - even his church - have taught him that black South Africans are a cancer. Under the eye of prominent members of the government and military, Gerrit develops a diabolical plan to rid South Africa of its 'black danger'. Before his plans can be carried out, he meets two people who put him on a collision course with his future: Celeste (Liezel van der Merwe), an open-minded university student, and Peter Lekota (John Kani), a pastor who challenges Gerrit's prejudice. His 'final solution' meets its greatest obstacle when Gerrit himself realized he was wrong. The Persecutor became the Peacemaker and began to seek reconciliation between whites and blacks. However, in the turbulent last days of apartheid, there were those who doubt his transformation. One such person was Moses Moremi (Mpho Lovinga), whom Gerrit had once violently attacked. In the film's dramatic conclusion, it is Moses who must choose between peace and bloodshed. Based on a true story, this remarkable film features an exceptional international cast, including Tony Award® winner John Kani. Awards: - Best Film / Best Director - Sabaoth - International Film Festival; - Best Film / Best Soundtrack - Down Under Film Festival; - Crown Award Winner Best Picture - ICVM; - Gold Award Winner Worldfest - Houston International Film Festival; - Crystal Heart Award Winner - Heartland Film Festival; Bonus DVD: documentary 'From One Blood' featuring Gerrit Wolfaardt.
About the Actor
Gerrit Wolfaardt is married to Celeste and they have three children, Thabo, Nadia, and Joshua. They currently live in Colorado Springs where Celeste teaches at a local high school and Gerrit runs Veritas College USA, an international program directed to leadership development in the church through the study of scriptures. Gerrit and his family are native to South Africa where their Afrikaner roots run deep. A former racist with a diabolical plan for the 'Swart Gevaar' -Black Danger-, Gerrit began to change while at university where he met his wife, Celeste. He embarked on a quest to understand the hatred that permeated South African society. As a young lawyer, Gerrit s thinking was consistently challenged. He began to see the black struggle for freedom in the light of his forefather's war for freedom from the British oppression that saw the death of 26000 women and children in concentration camps during the course of the Boer wars. Why was the black struggle for freedom any different? Gerrit became more and more involved in defending black South Africans, especially the schoolchildren that Celeste taught. As he stood up for their rights and freedom, his heart continued to change. In 1984, Gerrit had a powerful encounter with God and became a follower of Christ. As he studied the scriptures, Gerrit came to realize that all peoples originate from one blood. He understood that God loves all people equally and He has no favorites. Gerrit began asking black South Africans for forgiveness and, in 1989, started teaching the message of reconciliation in South Africa. After leaving his law practice in 1986, Gerrit and Celeste worked as missionaries with Youth With A Mission for ten years. Gerrit served on the International Committee of the College of Christian Ministries at University of the Nations, the educational arm of YWAM. Gerrit also directed the inauguration of the University of the Nations campus in Cape Town, South Africa where he encouraged development ministry in the townships of South Africa.
Top customer reviews
The indoctrination of Gerrit Wolfaardt (Jan Ellis) is complete. His family traditions, history, culture, and even his church taught him that Blacks are a cancer needing to be removed. Gaining the attention of prominent people in government and the military, he develops a diabolical plan to rid South Africa of the "black danger".
Celeste (Leizel van der Merwe), who later becomes Gerrit's wife, and Pastor Lekota (Tony Award Winner, John Kani), cause Gerrit to question and turn from the racist views of his past; However, his past is about to collide with his future. Following his transformation, he is confronted by Moses Moremi (Mpho Lovinga) whom he had beaten violently years earlier.
An award winning drama capturing the horror of South African apartheid, but also the wonder of a transformed heart. It is a memorable film about the power of forgiveness and reconciliation."
This is a violent movie, emotions and passions run high, the nights are tense and convictions weaken their grip but not before causing harm along the way. Apartheid is a cruel concept and practice. This movie provides graphic details if any one doubts this. Reconciliation is very much a part of this movie but its muted voice is just audible towards the end. I wanted to see it given a louder expression much earlier in the movie.
The story revolves around a young, white man who has been indoctrinated to be a racist. His racism is as virulent as you can imagine. His racism is extremely violent and all encompassing. But the young man slowly changes and sees the error of his ways. He is changed by the love of a woman and by the guidance of a priest.
The violence perpetrated at random to blacks is graphically shown. However, it is not gratuitous. It makes you feel the incredible hardships endured by the black South Africaners.
This movie provides hope that the most difficult human problems can be solved.
If you can get your hands on "to end all wars", do so, it's another similiar themed movie that is worthy of a look. It stars keifer sutherland and robert carlyle.