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Shepherds and Butchers  4371

Release date: Fri 28 Oct 2016
Running time:106 (1h46’)
Age restriction:16 V

South Africa, 1987. When Leon, a white 19-year-old prison guard, commits an inexplicable act of violence, killing seven black men in a hail of bullets, the outcome of the trial, and the court’s sentence, seems a foregone conclusion.

Hotshot lawyer John Weber reluctantly takes on the seemingly unwinnable case. A passionate opponent of the death penalty, John discovers that young Leon worked on death row in the nation’s most notorious prison, under traumatic conditions, befriending the inmates over the years while having to assist in their eventual executions. As the court hearings progress, the case offers John the opportunity to put the entire system of legally-sanctioned murder on trial.

Based on (the novel) by Chris Marnewick.

Genre: Drama, Historical, Politics
Cast: Steve Coogan, Andrea Riseborough, Garion Dowds
Directed by: Oliver Schmitz
Screenplay: Brian Cox
Music: Paul Hepker
Produced by: Anant Singh, Brian cox
Language: English, Afrikaans

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