Paths to Freedom celebrates an extended Independence offering
The screening will be followed by a Questions & Answers session with the director Richard Pakleppa.
Paths to Freedom tells the story of how in the 1960’s Namibian peasants and migrant labourers created a nationalist movement, Swapo, and a guerilla army to fight the UN-mandated occupation of their country by South Africa. The film recounts how Namibians broke the chain of being slaves in their own country to eventually take up arms against South Africa.
‘Paths to Freedom’ covers an important period in Namibia’s history, her path to national consciousness and her formation. In the film, prominent Namibian leaders and activists including Andimba Toivo ya Toivo, Founding President Sam Nujoma, President Hifikepunye Pohamba, Mzee Kaukungwa, Helao Shityuwete, John Nankudthu, Kambo Shixungileeni, Ben Amathila, Gerson Veii and many others tell how they organised the struggle from the beginnings in labour struggles and protest, to the launch of the armed struggle at Omugulugwombashe in 1966.
The documentary contains rare interviews with struggle heroes John Nankudthu and Priskilia Tuhadeleni who passed away during the course of the production.
The film also contains a unique interview with Philemon Shuuya Castro who was deputy commander of the People’s Liberation Army of Namibia in 1966 before being removed from his post in late 1967.
The film’s fascinating interviews are supported by a poetic visual narration and an original sound track created by Hishishi Papa and Philippa Miller. The narrative voice of the film is Johannes ‘Chops’ Tshoopara.
Screening of the film Paths to Freedom
Wednesday, 6 May 2015, 18:30,
Where: FNCC Cinema, Entrance: N$ 30.
DVDs of Paths to Freedom will be on special sale!
Documentary directed by Richard Pakleppa, Namibia 2014, 107 min. Language: English