Alan Paton’s Beloved Country

Biography of South African Alan Paton, author of Cry, the Beloved Country. Biography of the South African crusading writer and politician.

directed by: Catherine Meyburgh
produced by: Clive Morris Productions
(year) 60 minutes
55 min

Alan Paton – teacher, author, politician – was one of South Africa’s most remarkable sons. This documentary reveals the man and the complex relationship he had with his country. Repelled by the racism he saw all around him in his homeland, he wrote Cry, the Beloved Country, the novel that had the most profound effect in the worldwide struggle against apartheid. His Christian conscience, which would not allow him to be a mere commentator, propelled him into the world of political action. For additional information, see