The long-awaited, much-anticipated first feature film by a black South African director. Adapted from Njabulo S. Ndebele's novella of the same name but set a decade later during the final years of the apartheid regime, FOOLS tells the story of a disgraced middle-aged schoolteacher who is confronted by an 18-year-old activist whose sister he raped. According to Mr. Suleman, the film is "not about the eternal conflict between the'white devil' and the'noble black,' but simply the black people of South Africa; the state of their consciences, education, their brutal oppression by the Afrikaners, sexual violence, and the place of women in the South African community."

Original Title Fools
German Title Fools
French Title Fools
Other Titles Fools
Directed by Ramadan Suleman
Country South Africa
Available Formats DVD
Screenplay Bhekizizwe Peterson, Ramadan Suleman
Film Editing Christiane Lack
Soundtrack Ray Phiri
Cinematography Jacques Bouquin
Sound Philippe Sénéchal
Décors David Glasscoe
Production JBA Production
Runtime 90 Min.
Language Afrikaans, Englisch, Zulu
Moshidi Motshogwa
Owen Sejake
Nhembi Seete
Nosipho Masiane
Patrick Shai Professor Zamani Vuthela
Dambisa Kente Nosipho
Hlomla Dandala Zani
Jeremiah Ndlovu Forgive Me
Corney Mabaso Meneer
Ken Gampu Der Ältere
Vusi Kunene Mazambane

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