Cinema: The Empire Strikes Out

Two films of revolution in South Africa and South London

When the sun sets on an empire, who will turn on the lamplights? Or will the fading sky be illuminated by the torches of revolution and anarchy? In South Africa, white rulers desperately hold back the dusk with brutal measures that amount to the imposition of triple daylight saving time. But they can't hold back the clock; night and a new, black dawn are surely imminent. In Britain the empire has collapsed upon itself. A long generation ago the colonists came home, followed by their colonials -- dark skins, quick minds and rebellious hearts from the East and West Indies and...

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