A Dry White Season

A Dry White Season

Criterion Collection Edition #953

With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indict­ment of South Africa’s racist government—and made history in the process, becoming the first black woman to direct a Hollywood studio film. White schoolteacher Ben Du Toit (Donald Sutherland) lives in Johannesburg and remains blissfully incurious about the lives of his black countrymen until a wave of brutal treatment comes crashing down on his gardener (Winston Ntshona), bringing Du Toit face-to-face with harsh political realities. Based on a celebrated novel by André Brink and rooted in the first-hand research the Martinican Palcy did in South Africa into the way black people lived under apartheid, A DRY WHITE SEASON is unflinching in its depiction of violence and its chronicling of injustice, making for a galvanizing tribute to those willing to sacrifice everything to fight oppression.

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A Dry White Season
  • A Dry White Season

    Directed by Euzhan Palcy • 1989 • United States
    Starring Donald Sutherland, Marlon Brando, Susan Sarandon

    With this bracing drama, made at the climax of the anti-apartheid movement, director Euzhan Palcy issued a devastating indict­ment of South Africa’s racist government—and made history in the...

Extras

  • Euzhan Palcy and Scott Foundas on A DRY WHITE SEASON

    A DRY WHITE SEASON, produced by MGM, made Euzhan Palcy the first black female filmmaker to direct a movie for a major film studio and the only woman to find success in directing anti-apartheid narrative film during the apartheid era. In this conversation, recorded in August 2018, Palcy and film c...

  • Five Scenes from A DRY WHITE SEASON

    In the following interview, recorded in New York in August 2018, director Euzhan Palcy discusses five scenes from A DRY WHITE SEASON and how she brings authenticity to her work.

  • Nelson Mandela and Euzhan Palcy

    The following interview with South African president Nelson Mendela was conducted by A DRY WHITE SEASON director Euzhan Palcy in Johannesburg in 1995.

  • South Africa Recognizes Euzhan Palcy

    This footage from 2017 features A DRY WHITE SEASON director Euzhan Palcy receiving the Order of the Companions of O. R. Tambo, South Africa's highest distinction for foreign dignitaries, in honor of her anti-apartheid work.