AUBURN – “Cry, the Beloved County,” the 1995 film adaptation of Alan Paton’s 1948 novel, will be shown Thursday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m. in the ballroom of the Auburn University Student Center. Critics have described the movie as illuminating the rigid and racist structures of society in South Africa that would later give rise to apartheid.
Overtoun Jenda, a native of the African country of Malawi and head of the Auburn’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, will offer brief introductory remarks. There will be an opportunity for group discussion following the film. Sponsored by Auburn’s Honors College, the film is open to the public and admission is free.
The film, starring James Earl Jones and Richard Harris, explores the detrimental effects of fear on human nature and society, not just in South Africa but everywhere. Paton wrote and published his novel just months before the implementation of the apartheid political system in South Africa in 1948. His book enjoyed critical success around the world, except in South Africa, where it was banned.