Cry Freedom

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Released 1987

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Director:
Richard Attenborough
Released:
1987
Rating:
PG

Cry Freedom is a 1987 historical drama directed by Richard Attenborough. Based on the life of South African political activist Stephen Biko (Denzel Washington), the film tells the story of a white newspaper editor, Donald Woods (Kevin Kline), who risks his life to bring Biko's message to the world. When Woods first hears about Biko's role in the demolition of a slum is East London, South Africa, he is not impressed. While he agrees with Biko's goals, he does not approve of his methods. When Woods reaches out to him in an effort to understand him, Biko invites him to come to the black township where he lives. After seeing the impact of apartheid on the lives of blacks in the township for himself, Woods comes to understand Biko's actions and the two become friends. When Biko is killed at the hands of local police, Woods takes a stands and exposes the complicity of the police. Now banned himself and fearing for his life and the live of his family members, Woods must escape South Africa with his family to tell Steve Biko's story.

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