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Red dust - Jamie Bartlett, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Hilary Swank, Tom Hooper

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Movie propaganda

New York City prosecutor Sarah Barcant (Hilary Swank) comes home to Smitsriver to represent the interests of the local community in a Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearing for Dirk Hendricks (Jamie Bartlett), a former local police officer.

Key to Barcant's case is the testimony of Alex Mpondo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), who was tortured by Hendricks. She hopes that Mpondo's account will force Hendricks to reveal the whereabouts of a missing man in the community, and bring others involved in the case to justice.

Mpondo, however, is uncomfortable with his position of victim and witness, and is reluctant to participate. He is now a promising politician, and fears not only reliving his painful memories of this time, but also facing the unknown truths that lie within them.

Persons of interest

  • Jamie Bartlett .... Dirk Hendricks
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor .... Alex Mpondo
  • Ian Roberts .... Piet Muller
  • Hilary Swank .... Sarah Barcant
  • Marius Weyers .... Ben Hoffman
  • Gillian Slovo .... Author
  • Troy Kennedy-Martin .... Screenwriter
  • Tom Hooper .... Director

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Intelligence analyst

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Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

M (Infrequent graphic violence, adult themes, moderate coarse language)

Surveillance time

100 minutes (1:40 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 17 November 2005

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