Cry Freedom

Cry Freedom

DVD - 2006
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Story of the horrors of apartheid, based on the true story of the friendship between white newspaper reporter Donald Woods and South African Black activist Stephen Biko.
Publisher: Universal City, Calif. : Universal Studios Home Video, [2006]
Copyright Date: 1987
ISBN: 9780783230535
Branch Call Number: CRY 2019-07
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (159 minutes) : sound, colour ; 4 3/4 inches
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital surround
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May 28, 2019

Important story about the murdered South African activist Steve Biko that is marred by Richard Attenborough's typically heavy-handed, sentimental direction and too much of a white point of view. Part of the wave of 80s/90s movies about apartheid. Also see "A Dry White Season" and "The Power of One." Peter Gabriel did a song about Biko, called "Biko."

DPLjosie Mar 09, 2018

Powerful! There is so much about Apartheid that I need to learn, and this movie helped fulfill that hole in my knowledge.

Sep 15, 2017

An amazing movie that shows the South Africa of the nineteen seventies, and the remarkable friendship of Donald Wood and Steve Biko, who each tried to make a difference in their country. Wonderful directing, great actors playing Biko and Woods.

Apr 02, 2017

Good movie try it.

Aug 24, 2014

Director Richard Attenborough passed away today. I thought it only fitting to look at some of his best movies. Here he directs Denzil Washington as Stephen Bilko, a South African political activist. The story is gripping and their is great cinematography. Richard Attenborough was a specialist at epic movies and he produced another fine film in "Cry Freedom".

Oct 31, 2013

This seems historical now, but we need to remember that when this film was made, in the late 1980s, that the South African police were still brutally executing people in their custody. Like the Holocaust, Apartheid in its many forms of racial discrimination was based on hatred and fear. Stephen Biko was an important Black activist in South Africa, whose life was taken because he spoke the truth, and wasn't afraid to act as an equal to all people. This film had to be shot in Zimbabwe, because, at the time it was made, it could have been banned by the South African government.

Mar 15, 2013

This film is a 1987 British documentary-drama directed by Richard Attenborough, set in the late 1970s, during the apartheid era of South Africa, based on the real-life events involving black activist Steve Biko and his friend Donald Woods, who initially finds him destructive, and attempts to understand his way of life.
Denzel Washington stars as Steve Biko, while actor Kevin Kline portrays Donald Woods.
The film describes the discrimination, the political corruption, and the repercussions of violence.
Donald Woods wrote a book in 1978 entitled: "Biko," exposing police complicity in his death.
That book, along with Woods' autobiography Asking For Trouble, both being published in the UK, became the basis for the film.
The film's epilogue displays a graphic detailing a long list of anti-apartheid activists (including Steve Biko), who died under suspicious circumstances while imprisoned by the government.
The listing's dates in the graphic actually stopped before the film's release, as the Apartheid government stopped releasing the increasing transparently false "official explanations" for deaths in custody.
You should be able to see the horrors of the Apartheid government.

Feb 14, 2013

Both Washington and Kline are great in their leading roles in this film about the events that took place in South Africa in the 70's and 80's, and the subsequent escape of the Donald Woods family to the UK. The film is a bit slow at times, but is ultimately a story worth telling.

Oct 18, 2012

A snapshot of the racial divide in South Africa. Disturbing & provocative: reminded me of Mississippi Burning.

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