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The American Film Theater's Lost in the Stars transforms Alan Paton's world famous novel of racial oppression, Cruy of the Beloved Country, into a tragic and beautiful film musical unlike any you've ever seen. Gilded by Kirt Weill's (Threepenny Opera) lucid lyrics and powerful music, and guided by Daniel Mann's (Playing for Time) sensitive direction, this one-of-a-kind film is both a heartbreaking indictment of a cruel society and a poetic testament to the millions of forgotten lives ground beneath the heel of apartheid. Brock Peters (To Kill a Mockingbird) is Stephen Kumalo, a black South African minister searching the unfamiliar back alleys shanty towns of Johannesburg for his son, Absalom. But Kumalo's unwavering faith is put to the test when he finds Absalom in jail facing a capital murder charge. Courage, dignity and sacrifice fall prey to the whirlwind of racist hypocrisy and hollow justice in Absalom's trial. Absalom's reunion and reconciliation with his father, his jailhouse marriage to his pregnant sweetheart Irina (Melba Moore), and his heroic determination to tell the truth no matter the cost set the stage for a tragic climax of both epic proportion and documentary immediacy. Peters, whom Weill declared, "one of the greatest voices of American theatre," delivers a flawlessly moving performance. Singing the title song, "Lost in the Stars," in an empty church to which he will never return, Kumalo's agony offers spiritual richness in place of poverty and human grace in place of prejudice, even as his heart becomes another casualty of viscous ethnic hatred.

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Director: Daniel Mann
Producer: Edward Lewis
Producer: Ely Landau
Producer: Henry T. Weinstein
Producer: Pierre Lamoureux
Actor: John Hawker
Actor: John Holland
Actor: William Glover
Actor: Brock Peters
Actor: Ivor Barry
Actor: H. B. Barnum III
Actor: H.B. Barnum III
Actor: Jason Harvey
Actor: Michael-James Wixted
Actor: Melba Moore
Actor: Raymond St. Jacques
Actor: Clifton Davis
Actor: Paul Rogers
Actor: Paulene Myers
Actor: Paula Kelly
Actor: Ji-Tu Cumbuka
Actor: Alan Weeks
Actor: Myrna White
Actor: John Williams

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