Video Review

Sarafina! (1993)

MPAA Rating: PG-13
EW's GRADE
F

Details Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Musical; With: Whoopi Goldberg and Miriam Makeba

On stage, Mbongeni Ngema's musicalization of a young, black South African girl's harsh political education in the turmoil of the townships had a raucous, joyous energy. But any immediacy was lost in the Hollywood version of Sarafina!, and is further reduced on the small screen. This is the Can't Stop the Music of the black experience: appalling zooms, mindless slow motion, grandiose overheads — the worst of music-video ''creativity'' applied to one of the greatest tragedies of our times. F

Originally posted Apr 16, 1993 Published in issue #166 Apr 16, 1993 Order article reprints