Cry freedom

United Kingdom, 1987

Film
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The unforgettable friendship of two unforgettable men. The tension and the terror of South Africa is powerfully portrayed in director Richard Attenborough’s sweeping story of black activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington) and liberal white newspaper editor Donald Woods (Kevin Kline) who risks his life to bring Biko’s story to the world. In this explosive, emotional and thrilling film, Woods slowly learns the true horrors of apartheid through Biko’s eyes. When the South African authorities begin to view Biko as a major threat to their government, he is arrested and silenced by the police. Determined not to let Biko’s message go unheard, Woods, himself now under house arrest, undertakes a perilous quest to escape South Africa. This riveting true adventure offers a stirring account of man at his most evil and most heroic.

Credits

producer/director

Richard Attenborough

production company

Universal Pictures

Marble Arch Productions

Duration

02:31:00:00

Production places
United Kingdom
Production dates
1987

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

36310

Language

English

Audience classification

PG

Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Journalists

Documentary

Documentary → Docudrama

Drama

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Anti-apartheid movements - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Apartheid

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Apartheid - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political prisoners - South Africa

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Political prisoners - South Africa - Biography

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Politics and government

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → South Africa - Race relations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Great Britain

History → Anti-apartheid movements - South Africa

History → Apartheid

History → Apartheid - South Africa

History → South Africa - History

People → Political prisoners - South Africa - Biography

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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