Sarafina stars reunite in New York to celebrate 30 years of the movie

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The original stars from the movie, including Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the special screening of the movie. Photo: AnantSingh_Dbn/Twitter
The original stars from the movie, including Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the special screening of the movie. Photo: AnantSingh_Dbn/Twitter
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To mark the 30th anniversary of the hit film Sarafina!, some of the original stars from the movie, including Whoopi Goldberg and Leleti Khumalo, on Wednesday evening, gathered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for the special screening of the movie.

Hosted by the movie's producer, Anant Singh, the event was attended by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Also in attendance were some members of the original Sarafina! cast, including Ntombikhona Dlamini, Nandi Ndlovu and Lindiwe Dlamini.

Guests included businesswoman and media personality Basetsana Kumalo, chair of the SA Chamber of Commerce in the US Neil Diamond and a host of United Nations delegates, diplomats, and members of the International Olympic Committee.

Directed by Darrell Roodt and produced by Singh, Sarafina! had its US premiere at New York’s prestigious Radio City Musical Hall on September 14 1992. 

Addressing guests at the screening, Singh said: "Sarafina! held up really well 30 years after its release. The film is a celebration of the young women of our liberation, the mothers of the struggle who made significant sacrifices and our powerful legacy of activism.

When we started making Sarafina! little did we know that by the time the film had its premiere, Madiba would be released from prison. We are very privileged that he attended the world premiere in Johannesburg three decades ago.”

Also speaking at the screening, Whoopi Goldberg added:

It’s great to be here. I look at Leleti, I look at Anant and I think, wow, we did do this!

“I'm getting old and every couple of years, there’s a celebration, and this is a 30-year celebration. I am honoured to be alive to celebrate it.” 

Talking about the relevance of Sarafina! in today’s world, she said: “Keep talking to the kids because they are going to fix it, they are going make it happen, they are going to make change happen. They are not polite, they will not bend when they see something wrong and that's what happened in the film. They just got tired and said no more.”

Leleti Khumalo said:

I lived the role of Sarafina! on stage, and I am grateful to Anant for believing in me to play the role in the film.

“I am thrilled to be here in person to celebrate this milestone and to share this special moment with Whoopi.”

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