Foreign Film Series: “Shirley Adams”

Posted on 2/19/2014 9:44:23 AM

Shirley AdamsShirley Adams, part of the Foreign Film Series sponsored by the Office of International Education, will be shown on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall, at 5:30 p.m and 8:00 p.m.

This year, films will be shown in McVitty Auditorium, Sprowls Hall. Shows begin at 5:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Both showings are free. Shirley Adams will be in its original language, with English subtitles.

  • Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014
  • Country: South Africa
  • Language: English and Afrikaans


In this deeply affecting portrait of ordinary courage in present-day South Africa, a single mother—Shirley Adams—struggles to care for her paraplegic teenage son, Donovan, in a depressed district on the outskirts of Cape Town. Wearied but resolute, she desperately clings to him as he withdraws from the world following a suicide attempt, and is hopeful when his spirits are momentarily lifted by the appearance of Tamsin, a pretty but overeager social worker. But when the relationship between Donovan and Tamsin sours, his fragile emotional health declines, and Shirley’s faith and perseverance are put to the ultimate test.