Athol Fugard's intense political opinions were enough for the USSR to object to Marigolds screening during the1980 Berlin Festival, but the objections were soon dropped when the Soviet authorities learned that Fugard had already built up a strong fan following in Eastern Europe (for various reasons, the film was not released in the US until1984).
Winston Ntshona stars as a black South African gardener who walks into a white suburb for a job. On arriving, he discovers that another man (played by John Kani) might already have been hired. Ntshona ruins the chances for his competitor by accusing him of planning a theft. Both are eventually hired by a fellow outcast, a white poacher played by Fugard himself. The message would seem to be that if the have-nots of the world stick together, it matters little how badly they're treated by the fortunate few who have.
1980: Berlin International Film Festival - Interfilm Award - Otto Dibelius Film Award Competition Nominated for Golden Bear Award