The film AMOK deals with the apartheid system in South Africa. It sheds light on the terror, misery, theft, drug addiction, and violent death common under apartheid. AMOK, a liberal adaptation of Alan Patton's American novel, Cry the Beloved Country, is provoking and successful in rendering the ferocity of reality. It is also an expression of rebellion in a racist regime. A movie which sincerely defends and advocates that there is a "spark of peace" in every human being capable of changing reality. This film, the first shot entirely in black Africa on the subject of apartheid. includes the music and acting talents of Miriem Makeba.
A film by Souheil BEN BARKA
Morocco / Senegal / Guinea, 1982, fiction, 2h00 / color / 35 mm
starring Robert LIENSOL, Miriam MAKEBA, Douta SECK, Richard HARRISSON, Gianni GARCO, Georges ARDISON et Claudio GAURA
Duration: 120 minutes
Original Title: AMOK!
Director: Souheil BEN BARKA
Script: Michel Constantin, François Rabaté, S. Ben Barka
Dialogues: Michel Constantin
Director of Photography: Girolamo Larosa (as Girolamo La Rosa)
Music: written and sung by Miriam Makeba.
Editor: Souheil Ben Barka
Robert Liensol.... Mathieu Sempala
Miriam Makeba.... Joséphine Sempala
Douta Seck.... Reverend Sikau Norje
Richard Harrison.... Elton Horn
Claudio Gora.... M. Horn
FESTIVALS / PRIX / AWARDS
1983 - Moscow International Film Festival
* Won Golden Prize