Paths to Freedom screenings, workshops at Tshwane Film Fest

Paths to Freedom, a pioneering documentary on the birth of Namibian liberation movement Swapo, will be one of the highlights of the 2015 Tshwane One City Film Festival.

The second edition of the festival, taking place at various venues across Pretoria and its neighbouring townships from 19 to 28 November, will include both screenings of Paths to Freedom and workshops for emerging filmmakers with the film's director, Richard Pakleppa.

"We are extremely excited to showcase Paths to Freedom at our festival this year," Basil Dube, founder and director of the Tshwane One City Film Festival, said in a statement last week.

The history of Namibia's struggle for freedom could not be separated from South Africa's own struggle, said Dube, himself a former student activist of the 1980s.

"We fought a common enemy through Swapo and the ANC in exile. We had a common vision to liberate our people from the oppressive regime of Malan and Botha. When they detained and brutally tortured our MK cadres at Compol building in Pretoria, they did the same to our comrades from Swapo of Namibia.

"This is a story of heroes of the struggle for liberation."



The film features prominent political leaders and activists, including Toivo ya Toivo, Mzee Kaukungwa, Gerson Veli, Ben Amthila, Hifi Pohamba and founding president Sam Nujoma, who enjoyed a cordial relationship with the ANC in exile.

Completed in 2014, the film has been well received in London, Johannesburg - where it had its South African premiere in February - and Durban.

As part of the Tshwane festival, director Richard Pakleppa, who has produced and directed a number of films in Africa, will conduct a series of documentary filmmaking workshops with aspirant and emerging filmmakers from Mamelodi, Soshanguve, Mabopane, Hammanskraal and Ga-Rankuwa.

For more information on workshops and screenings, contact the festival's marketing and communications director, Thabo Lekgwathi, on 076 177 7441 or email or visit the festival's Facebook page.

Source: staff reporter

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