Next up in our series of films that inspired Jackie Sibblies Drury in her writing of WE ARE PROUD TO PRESENT… are more depictions of movies set in Africa that star white woman or that have white women portray Africans.
I DREAMED OF AFRICA (2000)
Kim Basinger stars in this film based on the life and work of Kuki Gallmann. As a child, Kuki visited Africa with her family and became fascinated with the beauty of its land and wildlife. Years later, at the age of 25, Kuki returned to Africa with her husband, Paolo (Vincent Perez), and their young son, Emanuele (Liam Aiken). Kuki and Paolo built a ranch and developed a passionate interest in protecting the endangered wildlife of the region, such as elephants and rhinos. However, while Africa was a place of beauty and wonder for Kuki, it was also full of danger and tragedy, and when Paolo is unexpectedly killed, Kuki is left alone to fend for Emanuele and her unborn child in this spectacular but unforgiving landscape. I Dreamed of Africa was directed by Academy Award-winner Hugh Hudson and also features Robert Loggia and Eva Marie Saint.
THE INTERPRETER (2005)
An overheard conversation leads a woman into a dark world of deadly intrigue in this political thriller. Silvia Broome (Nicole Kidman) is an African émigré who works as an interpreter at the United Nations. One of the languages she understands is Ku, a dialect spoken in her home country of Matobo. One day, as the General Assembly auditorium is being evacuated for a routine security sweep, Broome overhears a man speaking in Ku, who makes a cryptic statement that could be interpreted as a threat against the life of Zuwanie (Earl Cameron), Matobo’s controversial ruler. Secret Service agent Tobin Keller (Sean Penn) is brought in to investigate Broome’s story, and it isn’t long before he’s convinced that she knows more than she’s willing to tell. As Keller and his partner, Dot Woods (Catherine Keener), dig deeper into Broome’s story as well as her past, they discover a shocking tale of violence and corruption tied to Zuwanie’s regime. The Interpreter was directed by Sydney Pollack, who also appears in a brief supporting role.
TARZAN THE APE MAN (1981)
“Tarzan the Ape Man” was directed by John Derek and starred his wife, Bo Derek, as Jane Parker; Miles O’Keefe as Tarzan; Richard Harris as James Parker; and John Phillip Law as Harry Holt. This film is generally considered the worst of all of the Tarzan films.
Jackie Sibblies Drury says: “OMG!”