South African poet/political activist Athol Fugard is the star of Boesman and Lena. Directed by the still underappreciated Ross Devenish, the film translates South Africa's apartheid policies into purely personal terms. Emphasis is placed upon an American couple, whose life is thrown into despair when they come up against the rigidity of government-sanctioned racism. Supporting Fugard are actors Yvonne Bryceland and Sandy Tube. Not surprisingly, Boesman and Lena was not released in South Africa: it also was barely shown in the U.S., though its TV exposure on the Arts & Entertainment cable service later prompted theatrical engagements in several American cities
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