Last night (okay, technically it was early this morning) I watched the movie The Color of Freedom. The history of South Africa has interested me since I was in high school...
In case you have missed it, the movie is about the real-life relationship that formed between Nelson Mandela and a prison guard. It stars Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert and Diane Kruger. I won't claim it is one of my favorites, but it kept me interested until the end. (I found it at the library; you can't beat their prices on DVD "rentals.")
However, one of my favorite books IS Too Late the Phalarope by Alan Paton. It is a tale of South Africa and apartheid, focusing on a devastating "tragedy" brought on by a tiny sea shell. Intrigued? Find the book and read it.
(Paton also wrote the more well-known novel Cry the Beloved Country. I adore this book too, but while Phalarope is a story told with a small aperature, this story is told with the shutter wide open.)