Picks and Pans Review: The Biko Inquest
Showtime (Thurs., Sept. 12, 8 p.m. ET)
Albert Finney directs and stars in a spare and chilling dramatization of the inquest into the inhuman abuse and death of imprisoned black South African leader Stephen Biko in 1977. The timing of the production could not be better; it offers insight into the conditions in which hundreds of South Africans, like Biko, are detained and deprived of all their human rights. The production couldn't be better either. Courtroom dramas are too often tedious. But Finney fixes that; he plays the lawyer representing Biko's family with masterly confidence. He leaves no doubt that justice is on his side, regardless of the verdict.
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