‘Laughing at the Dark’ Profiles Performer-Activist Lauded by Nelson Mandela (EXCLUSIVE)

Variety | 9/12/2018 | Stewart Clarke
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Starline Entertainment has boarded “Laughing at the Dark,” a documentary profile of Pieter-Dirk Uys, the South African satirist who skewered apartheid-era attitudes and who was praised by Nelson Mandela.

Uys interviewed Mandela while in character as socialite activist Evita Bezuidenhout. Mandela – who won the Nobel Peace Prize and became South Africa’s president – once described writer-performer Uys as one of his heroes, in footage seen in the film.

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Former archbishop Desmond Tutu and actresses Sophia Loren and Charlize Theron pay tribute to Uys in the film, which was helmed by Willem Oelofsen. Cape Town-based shingle Marche Media made the documentary, and pay-TV platform MNet has it for South Africa.

Uys risked his own safety with his performances in the days of apartheid, gaining a following among those seeking change. Today, his...
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