Tyler Perry Studios to tackle Apartheid

Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry in the fall of 2008.

Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films recently announced development of a new feature film project, “The Year of the Great Storm.”

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The film tells the true story of Amy Biehl,  an American scholar who was living in South Africa during the violent days of the armed struggle against Apartheid. Attacked and stabbed to death by a mob of angry black youths in 1993,  her parents decided to attend the trial of her killers and remained in South Africa after the trial starting a grassroots effort to bring about change in the movement.  Eventually the family supported their daughter’s killers’ application to South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission for political amnesty and later two of those same men joined the efforts of the Amy Biehl Foundation.

The film will paint a vivid picture of a country nearing civil war as it struggled with its national destiny in a desperate fight to end decades of systematic racism.

“We’re thrilled to be tackling this difficult but inspiring subject matter with an incredible director, writer, and team of producers,” said Ozzie Areu, President of Tyler Perry Studios.  “The story of the Biehl family’s journey is one of courage, compassion, and redemption, and we are humbled that they have allowed us unfettered access to bring their lives to the big screen.”

Tyler Perry Studios (TPS) was formed by actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry in the fall of 2008. The studio develops and produces motion picture films, in addition to drama and comedy television programming for the multi-platform U.S. television market.

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