Cry Freedom Novel Essay

A main character in the film 'Cry Freedom' directed and produced by Richard Attenborough was Donald Woods. Donald Woods is a 41-year-old white Afrikaan editor. He is married with 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys. They all live together in a huge mansion with a pool in the yard. They also have an African maid named Evelyn. He has greying hair, glasses and a cheerful personality. He also considered himself a white liberal.

At the beginning Donald Woods was blind and ignorant to what Stephen Biko, black political leader, was about. He thought he was "some sensationalist pushing black prejudice". When a time came and he had to write an article for his newspaper, he just assumed what Steve would say. He didn't know or understand Steve so as a result, all his assumptions were wrong. A black doctor and friend to Steve Biko, Ms Rampele, confronted Woods about this.

She told him that if he is the honest editor he claims to be, he should meet and get to know Steve and his cause before spreading vicious rumours in his newspaper. This led Donald Woods to become close friends with Steve Biko and a respected man among Black Consciousness members.

Donald Woods learnt a lot from Steve Biko. Not just about Black Conscious and the rights that had been stolen from the black natives of South Africa, but about living peacefully. During one of the first illegal outings Steve took Donald on, Steve told Donald in a light-hearted tome that someday the tables would be turned and that one day blacks will hold government over that Afrikaans but they would do it differently. They would accept the Afrikaans and forgive them for their past.

Donald realised how faulty the Afrikaan government was after visiting with Captain...


Cry Freedom Essay

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This essay examines the film “Cry Freedom”, set in the late 1970s, which was directed by Sir Richard Attenborough in 1987. The film was based on the true story written by Donald Wood, also one of the main characters in the film. The analysis will focus on the way the movie critically evaluates the political ideology that dominates the apartheid in South Africa. The essay will discuss the character’s and film's attitude towards the white people and black people and how certain characters respond to, and are shaped by, the historic and economic events of that time. It will also analyse the way Attenborough wanted to position his audience and how successful he was in doing so.
The film was set in South Africa under the apartheid government,…show more content…

Person can only fight for their rights when they have these basic necessities. In the film the severe poverty and denial of human rights that the black population suffered was evident to white journalist, Donald Woods when he was invited by Steve Biko to view the harsh conditions of a black township. In the film, Steve Biko, a black man and anti-apartheid activist, became a leader for the black community. He inevitably became an activist and leader for his community and many others through his ability to unite people and make them see his ideologies and point of view. He showed the black people the hardship they were enduring and a solution. Attenborough portrayed Biko as heroic man who realised the inequalities his people were suffering and attempted to change it. He refused to accept the apartheid law and throughout the film disobeyed it. One example of when he disobeyed the apartheid was when he visited a white area at night. This disobedience is made evident when Donald Woods asked him, “What are you doing at this time in your banning area?"
To which Biko replies, “This is my country and I will go where ever I want.”
Banning was an efficient tool used by the government to suppress opposition. A person who has been banned cannot make public speeches, cannot ride public transport, and cannot even go outside. Only one person could visit Biko at one time in his room. However, he

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