Country of My Skull

In My


A film by John Boorman

A riveting drama set against the backdrop of the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission hearings, In My Country* charts the lowest
depths of pain and suffering and reveals the redeeming power of forgiveness and love.


In 1996, the South African government established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) to investigate abuses of human rights under the Apartheid system. Only full disclosure will guarantee amnesty for perpetrators.


Langston Whitfield (Samuel L. Jackson) is a Washington Post journalist, sent to South Africa to cover the hearings. Anna Malan (Juliette Binoche) is an Afrikaans poet covering the hearings for South African state radio. Thrown together as members of the press corps, Langston and Anna are instantly at odds over their opposing views of the hearings. But over time, their shared experience of listening to the moving and painful testimony brings them ever closer.


In My Country was directed by veteran director John Boorman based upon the novel Country of My Skull by Antjie Krog. It had it's world premiere at the 2004 Berlin Film Festival.


*In My Country premièred at the 2004 Berlin international Film Festival under the title Country of My Skull

Official Selection

Berlin Film Festival

Langston Whitfield

Samuel L. Jackson

Anna Malan

Juliette Binoche

Colonel de Jager

Brendan Gleeson

Menzi 'Ngubs' Ngubane

Sam Ngakane

Elsa Malan
Aletta Bezuidenhout

Edward Morgan
Lionel Newton

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– Select Scene –

"I need a drink"


– From the archives –

Juliette Binoche talks about In My Country


Juliette Binoche talks about In My Country


– Soundtrack samples –
In My Country

"Love Theme" by Murray Anderson & Warrick Sony

"Piano Theme" by Murray Anderson & Warwick Sony



Original Berlinale press kit
PDF - English/German

– Documents –
In My Country

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