Movie Showing - "CRY FREEDOM" - 12-16-13

Monday, December 16th, 2013 - 7pm

Movie Showing at Revolution Books:

Cry Freedom, set in the late 1970s during the apartheid era of South Africa, centers on the real-life events involving South African journalist Donald Woods (Kevin Kline), who is forced to flee the country after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steven Biko (Denzel Washington).

Stephen Biko emerged as an inspiring leader of resistance to apartheid in the 1970s, and beyond that was a founder of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) that opposed the oppression of black people in South Africa in any form. Biko was “banned”— not allowed to speak to more than one person at a time or to speak in public, restricted to one district, not allowed to write publicly or speak with the media. It was illegal to quote anything Biko said, including speeches or simple conversations.

In spite of this, Stephen Biko and the BCM organized resistance to apartheid across the country, including the Soweto Uprising of June 16, 1976. Tens of thousands went into the streets. The regime responded with brutality that shocked the world. Police opened fire on the students, killing a still untotaled number of unarmed protesters—estimates of the dead range from 176 to 700.
After Soweto, the regime went after Biko with renewed fury. They arrested him on August 18, 1977, under South Africa’s “Terrorism Act No 83 of 1967,” tortured him, and beat him to death.
Biko’s death served to further intensify and radicalize the struggle in South Africa, and around the world. (for more about the history of South Africa see the article Apartheid in South Africa: Decades of Serving the U.S. Empire.