S. African lens on U.S. victim

JOHANNESBURG — U.S. exchange student Amy Biehl, savagely murdered in 1993 by black militants in a Cape Town township, will be the subject of an upcoming South African film.

Anant Singh, whose previous titles include “Cry, the Beloved Country” and the musical “Sarafina,” expects to begin shooting the movie about the American Fulbright Scholar in 1998, Videovision Entertainment said in a statement.

The producer has had discussions with several directors, and obtained permission for the film from Biehl’s parents, the company added.

Biehl was stabbed and smashed in the head with bricks on Aug. 25, 1993, in Cape Town’s Gugulethu township by four followers of the radical black Pan Africanist Congress (PAC), which regards whites as “settlers” who dispossessed blacks of their land.

Four of the attackers last week confessed their crime to a packed hearing of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to whom the four have pleaded for amnesty.

An American writer, Johanna Baldwin, has been developing a script for the movie with the parents of the slain student for the past year, Videovision said.

Singh last year became the first South African member of the U.S.-based Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences.

The acclaimed producer earlier obtained the movie rights to President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom,” and expects to begin shooting the film next year, Videovision spokesman Nilesh Singh said.

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