"Cry Freedom" begins with the story of a friendship between a white liberal South African editor and an idealistic young black leader who later dies at the hands of the South African police. But the black leader is dead and buried by the movie's halfway point, and the rest of the story centers on the editor's desire to escape South Africa and publish a book. You know there is something wrong with the premise of this movie when you see that the actress who plays the editor's wife is billed above the actor who plays the black leader. This movie promises to be an honest account of the turmoil in South Africa but turns into a routine cliff-hanger about the editor's flight across the border. It's sort of a liberal yuppie version of that Disney movie where the brave East German family builds a hot-air balloon and floats to freedom. The problem with this movie is similar to the dilemma in South Africa: Whites occupy the foreground and establish the terms of the discussion, while the 80 percent non-white majority remains a shadowy, half-seen presence in the background.
While attempting to intercept Templar activities in the Caribbean Sea, Adéwalé is shipwrecked off the coast of Haiti. Making his way into Port-au-Prince, he establishes that the Templars are working with Bastienne Josèphe, the proprietor of a local brothel and a sympathizer to the Maroons, a faction of freedom fighters made up of liberated slaves led by Augustin Dieufort. Despite his obligations to the Brotherhood of Assassins, Adéwalé becomes sympathetic to their cause, and joins with the Maroons in hijacking a vessel, the Experto Crede, in order to interrupt the slave trade.
Cry Freedom Missions was founded by Tara Lancaster. While studying in Dallas, Texas, Tara was educated on the horrors of modern day slavery, widely known as human trafficking. She was deeply moved by he statistics surrounding this crime and felt God tugging on her heart to act. A fire had been started inside of her to make a difference in the lives of those in bondage. Today, with Wayne Pregnancy Center, women and men who are walking through bondage of trafficking, prostitution, addiction, abuse, abortion, and insecurities are now getting second chances at LIFE by learning job skills through the making jewelry, bath and body products, and more. Our mission is to give freedom to those whose freedom and innocence was so wrongly taken from them. ''We can all make a difference in this world just by spreading love. Love is powerful. The more people that choose to love and help others even in just the smallest way, the bigger the army gets to fight the darkness in our world. A little bit of light penetrates the dark, imagine what a lot of it could do.'' - Tara LancasterWe are reaching more and more people every day and with your help, love and support! These men and women are shouting FREEDOM!
If I had one criticism of the way these films depict South African reality, it would be that they are stuck in history. A World Apart starts with the Sharpeville Massacre in 1960, when police shot 69 blacks who were protesting the pass laws that impeded their freedom of movement, and the dramatic repression that followed. The police finally got what they were looking for with the 1964 Rivonia raid featured in the film. The sweep captured key members of the ANC, including Nelson Mandela and the recently freed Walter Sisulu. Both Oliver Tambo and Joe Slovo, head of the Communist Party and First's husband, fled into exile, where they still remain. 041b061a72